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Weekly copyright related summary of issues, congressional developments, judicial updates, administration updates, international updates and industry updates, provided courtesy of American Continental Group (ACG).
Headlines and Highlights:
The House Judiciary’s IP Subcommittee examines moral rights, termination rights, resale royalties, and copyright terms
The Senate Commerce Committee holds a hearing on the future video marketplace
The ABA asks members to abstain from initiating file- sharing lawsuits
In recent days, copyright skeptics voiced their support for the adoption of a “Notice & Notice” system to address third-party infringement occurring on Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in an event parallel to the latest round of negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). This post explains why a system where creators carry all the burden and ISPs have no incentives to act against infringing parties does not qualify as balanced and proposes other solutions based on the U.S. experience with the Notice & Takedown system.
Chris Ruen, author of the eye-opening book Freeloading: How Our Insatiable Hunger for Free Content Starves Creativity, has written an informative and insightful article for New Statesman discussing and refuting common excuses for piracy.read more
The Following post is from Gordon Platt, PrivacyNet
Google’s brand has long claimed to rep technology’s rebellious spirit – a small band of underdogs against “the man.” And maybe that was once they case, like when they still worked out of a garage in Silicon Valley. Those days are long gone.read more
"At this week’s grand opening party for Google Inc.’s new Washington D.C. offices, South Carolina Representative Mark Sanford stood near trays of peach cobbler milkshakes and maple-bacon donuts."read more