May 27, 2022

Copyright, Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy (New “Green Paper” from U.S. Dept. of Commerce)

From an ARL Summary: 

“On July 31, the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) released a long-awaited “green paper” on Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy (PDF), canvassing a host of copyright policy issues and making recommendations for action. The paper covers mostly familiar territory, raising issues that have been discussed by the US Copyright Office and House Judiciary Committee IP Subcommittee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) in their discussions of copyright reform.”

From a USPTO Summary:

“The Green Paper released today is the most thorough and comprehensive analysis of digital copyright policy issued by any administration since 1995. The report is a product of the Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force (IPTF) with input from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Through the IPTF, the USPTO and NTIA will solicit further public comments and convene roundtables and forums on a number of key policy issues.”

“In the Green Paper, the IPTF proposes the following actions:

  • Establishing a multistakeholder dialogue on improving the operation of the notice and takedown system under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
  • Soliciting public comment and convening roundtables on:
  • The legal framework for the creation of remixes;
  • The relevance and scope of the first sale doctrine in the digital environment;
  • The application of statutory damages in the context of individual file-sharers and secondary liability for large-scale online infringement;
  • The appropriate role for the government, if any, to help improve the online “

Read the Complete Summary

The Full Text Green Paper” is Available Here (122 page; PDF).

The full text is also embedded below.

Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy (Green Paper)

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.