The U.S. Commerce Department’s Internet Policy Task Force will be holding a conference on Friday December 9, Public Meeting on Developing the Digital Marketplace for Copyrighted Works.  The event will take place at the Madison Auditorium, Patent and Trademark Office, Alexandria, VA.  The objective of this event will be to see what role government can play in areas […]

The phrase “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail” originated with Abraham Kaplan in his seminal 1964 work on behavioral science.  He applied it — as many parents have done ever since — to young kids.  These days, blockchain technology is a hammer.  An excellent illustration of how this applies […]

I’m announcing a couple of changes in the Copyright and Technology conference on January 24. When we were setting the agenda for the next conference, the FCC was deep in to deliberations over its “Unlock the Box” proposal to require pay-TV operators to stop requiring consumers to pay for renting their set-top boxes and make their […]

I took a little bit of heat from certain members of the library community who were bothered by my analysis last week of the European Court of Justice’s (ECJ’s) decision in the case of Vereniging Openbare Bibliotheken (Dutch Public Library Association) v. Stichting Leenrecht (Lending Rights Foundation, the Dutch collecting society for royalties from library lending) […]

We’ve been looking for a while at the question of whether First Sale rights apply to digital files.  If you get an e-book or music download, can you resell, lend, or give it away to someone else — as you can with physical products like print books or music CDs?  The library community has gotten excited […]

In what I think is becoming an annual tradition, I’m pleased to announce that we will be adding a new academic research presentation to the agenda at Copyright and Technology NYC 2017. Prof. Imke Reimers of Northeastern University in Boston will present a paper called “Can Private Copyright Protection Be Effective? Evidence from Book Publishing,” […]

Amid all the talk, hype, and activity around blockchain solutions for music, questions arise about whether large existing entities in the digital music value chain will adopt the technology, and if so, how.  These fall roughly into four buckets: record labels, music publishers, royalty collecting societies, and DSPs (consumer music distributors such as Apple, Spotify, and Pandora). One […]