Weekly Copyright Issues Wrap Up... October 11, 2013

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Weekly copyright related summary of issues, congressional developments, judicial updates, administration updates, international updates and industry updates, courtesy of our friends at American Continental Group, Inc.

Summary of Issues:

The House Judiciary IP Subcommittee outlines how it intends to proceed with the copyright review process; Congress remains focused on resolving the government shutdown and debt limit; Apple files an appeal against a federal court decision that found the company guilty of e-book price collusion; a screenwriter sues Elysium’s director and producers for copyright infringement; Warner Brothers gets sued over the authorship of the film “Trouble With the Curve”; broadcasters will be allowed to examine Aereo’s patents amidst an ongoing copyright infringement lawsuit; broadcasters sue Aereo in Utah for copyright infringement; a Massachusetts District Judge rejects a Boston broadcast TV station’s motion for preliminary injunction against Aereo; President Obama chooses Kelly Welsh to be the next General Counsel at the Department of Commerce; the Copyright Office remains closed due to the government shutdown; the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) postpones its October 30 Department of Commerce public meeting on copyright policy issues; Apple expects to expand its Internet radio service to the UK by early 2014; the D.C. Chapter of The Copyright Society of the U.S.A. hosts former Rep. Howard Berman for a discussion on copyright; Google reveals record-breaking copyright infringement take-down statistics for the tail end of September; two Michigan men are arrested for filming movies in theatres; Amazon plans a holiday release of a set-top box that streams content over the Internet to the user’s TV; BitTorrent launches an ad campaign in an attempt to change its perceived image as an enabler of illegal file-sharing activities; Rep. Darrell Issa’s Legislative Director, Laurent Crenshaw, is leaving the Hill to work for Yelp; and CNN profiles the first library that has solely e-books.

Congressional Updates:

  • The House Judiciary IP Subcommittee has outlined how it intends to proceed with the copyright review process. The plan is to work through Title 17 in sequential order, holding hearings on major chapters of copyright law. This process will likely take most of 2014, but it is unclear, given the current government shutdown, when the next copyright hearings will take place. The House Judiciary IP Subcommittee is also expected to continue its examination of patent reform, and it is unclear how much of the Subcommittee’s time and attention that will take. Additionally, the Subcommittee will be leading the effort to reauthorize the House Judiciary Committee portions of the Satellite Home Viewer Act next year.
  • Congressional activity this week remained largely devoted to negotiations over funding the federal government and raising the debt ceiling.

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