United States Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante, US House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia), and US House Representative Anna Eshoo (D-California) this week outlined the priorities and challenges of an anticipated comprehensive review of US copyright law at the World Creators Summit (WSC).
Pallante laid the framework for a discussion of the US copyright agenda by identifying three broad themes that she viewed as essential for approaching the review: (1) access to creative is essential to our culture, commerce, and progress as a people; (2) rule of law must provide creators with incentives, protections, and remedies that are correspondingly meaningful; and (3) creators have certain responsibilities to participate in the larger copyright system.
She also specifically identified eight “pressing” priorities for copyright law reform:
1. To clarify the scope of exclusive rights, particularly in the digital arena
2. To provide a full public performance right for sound recordings
3. More exceptions and limitations from the analog context to digital
4. Address the problem of orphan works
5. The efficacy of the DMCA notice and takedown process
6. Provide guidance to the courts on statutory damages
7. Encourage new licensing regimes
8. Ensure that there are 21st century enforcement provisions to deal with 21st century infringers.
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Video From World Creators Summit (WSC)
Bob Schieffer moderates a panel with Rep. Bob Goodlatte and Rep. Anna G. Eshoo.