“Copyright reform is in the air.”

by Ali Sternburg on November 5, 2013

While patent reform seems to be the top IP-related priority for most US policymakers, copyright reform discussions in the US are also forthcoming in response to this summer’s green paper from the Department of Commerce.  A (shutdown-delayed) meeting on the paper will be taking place in December at the USPTO, and pre-meeting comments are due next week, with post-meeting comments due in January.  There has also been speculation of Congress holding additional hearings to follow up on the two the House Judiciary held this summer.

The US is not alone in considering updating its copyright laws.

I wrote in August about the Australian Law Reform Commission contemplating adding fair use to Australian copyright law.  The reform efforts continue, and a new site just launched called Creationistas which provides useful information on existing copyright laws and proposed reforms—particularly fair use—anchored around some entertaining explanatory videos, such as the one below:

The European Union is also considering copyright reforms, to its 2001 Copyright Directive and to copyright levies, which Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission, announced in a speech last year where she explained that she’s “convinced we need to reform copyright for the digital age.”  A German group focused on digital culture launched a site to educate the public called Right2Remix.org.

Ireland’s Copyright Review Committee recently released a paper on “modernising copyright” that also considers fair use.  The first sentence of the report says it well: “Copyright reform is in the air.”  It goes on to name some other jurisdictions that have recently amended their copyright laws, or are in the midst of reform efforts:

In the recent past, Canada has introduced comprehensive amending legislation; Germany and India have made small but significant changes; the United Kingdom (UK) is in the course of implementing extensive reform proposals; Australia is on the cusp of a truly radical transformation; the European Union (EU) has important ongoing processes relating to licences, orphan works, and infringement procedures; and, in the United States (US), both Congress and the Copyright Office are getting in on the act.  (citations omitted)

Additionally, when discussing international copyright reform efforts it’s important to mention international trade agreements, which influence domestic laws.  Last summer the Office of the Unites States Trade Representative (USTR) introduced language on limitations and exceptions to copyright, in a Berne-style “three-step test,” to the (still-private) Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) text.  This was a significant breakthrough for balanced copyright policy as it was the first time that the USTR acknowledged the economic importance of copyright limitations and exceptions in addition to robust IP protections.  As CCIA has noted in the past, the “fair use economy” contributes an annual average of $2.4 trillion in “value added” to the US economy, or approximately 17% of total US current dollar GDP (roughly one-sixth of the economy).

  • Adalberto Cervantes Rodriguez

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  • Adalberto Cervantes Rodriguez

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  • Adalberto Cervantes Rodriguez

    NSA, CIA applying high tech against Mexican and USA citizens. Full implementation of the NSA system to have in place the Fake New Order in Mexico and USA. Several countries are behind China, India, Germany among others .The NSA system is a diabolic system created by lazies, science was not applied at all and it is done by high school workers without educative documents. It is a system that eats other systems like television, radio, internet, telephone among others. Attacks several targets at the same time using CIA techniques of dealing with different groups. This system protects operations of the agencies including in the system, it is not only USA, but also India that supplied more of the technical support. Indians is kind of race without ethic at all. Everything is in real time. Its weakness is the low level of technology used, because IT science was not applied, because they preferred domination of the technicians. Again the son that it is hated by illuminaties, indians, homosexual and CIA https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=474264039355030&set=vb.388313877950047&type=2&theater We have to be careful with the media, banks specially owned by Jewish and Islamo Nazis Be united to stop the illuminaties in Mexico http://lnkd.in/bxygsQp

  • Adalberto Cervantes Rodriguez

    Los modelos macroeconómicos y microeconómicos mexicanos del TLC han sido repetidos en otras partes del mundo dejando millones en la pobreza extrema. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tW4p9N2Ocs8#!
    Mexican Macroeconomic and microeconomic models of NAFTA have been repeated in other parts of the world leaving millions in extreme poverty. http://www.proceso.com.mx/?p=351991

  • Adalberto Cervantes Rodriguez

    Indian IT companies were invited by Calderon, to start their frauds in PEMEX, http://lnkd.in/bzzQXbh The Indian consultants monopolized the project in SAP, no mexican was involved in this project. It smells fishy and with tax money worse. No a mexican american involved in the project. Smell like a fraud with tax money. Indians work together and they protect each other, but they do not support other kind of people that could disagree with them, allowing that the fraud in government and Corporates. No indian alone has done a complete implementation os SAP in LATAM, You do not know spanish well, legal requirements, you do not know the economic system. I do not want LATAM to suffer as USA for all these IT fraudsThis is a international problem, Corporates supporter for IT indian companies are not paying taxes legally as it suppossed to be made. Countries should look for the consultants to put them in jail. This is like FOBAPROA in Mexico, Obama copied it from Mexico. This is a total fraud- The bail out is totally a fraud. Americans believe to much in their government, Another fraud.

  • Adalberto Cervantes Rodriguez

    They are using Mexico ad a bridge they hire people with no working visas to work in the States, indians and mexicans to work illegaly in the States, they have done that for years. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/10/29/us-will-reportedly-hit-infosys-with-record-fine-for-immigration-violations/ Indians spies are doing laundering money for Capos using 100 Fortune Companies through the international bank system http://aristeguinoticias.com/2810/mexico/video-no-hay-riesgo-de-guerra-civil-si-de-una-batalla-entre-delincuentes-la-tuta/ Move your mafias from Mexico, we are not a bridge for indian and chinese mafias. There is going to be a war, Move your mafias from Mexico, we are not a bridge for indian and chinese mafias. There is going to be a war, Go away indian and chinese mafias from Mexico, Americans allow offshore, outsourcing for third countries, and today all the world is messing with american IT when the main one the indian IT is really the most fraudulent of all the times. It is a world crime. Stop alliens who are part of secret groups to have our money and kill us if they have the chance. Indians working with CIA to use IT against citizens. Doing fiscal and accounting frauds all the time. They are agents and not consultants. Indians are infiltrating in american companies through americans, having american names (change of name), using american consultant references without permission, telling lies to american clients to replace the american consultants, using data bases to control IT consultants, using fake documents like IT or educative documents among others. They are acting like spies all the time

  • Adalberto Cervantes Rodriguez

    to american clients to replace the american consultants, using data bases to control IT consultants,

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  • pancho villa

    Adalberto Cervantes Rodriguez this is for you!! Tu cara de nopal no sabes de lo que estas hablando!!! Si tu bien Mexicana eres pero te estas haciendo de pasar como si fueras gabacho! Que pena me das!!

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