Category United States

Presentation Given at USPTO Conference

Here are the slides I presented for my keynote speech at the US Patent and Trademark Office’s conference on Developing the Digital Marketplace for Copyrighted Works, January 25, 2018: Video of my talk and the rest of the conference is also available here.

Improving the Music Modernization Act

The Music Modernization Act (MMA) has been getting traction in the United States. It was introduced into the Senate two weeks ago, and it has become part of a larger package of music copyright legislation which has become known as the “Music Bus” bill. More and more organizations have announced their support for the MMA. Many […]

USPTO Hosts Public Meeting on Digital Content Marketplace Next Thursday

Now that our Copyright and Technology conference is over, I’d like to draw your attention to a public meeting at the United States Patent and Trademark Office next Thursday, January 25th, called Developing the Digital Marketplace for Copyrighted Works. This is a follow-on to a similarly-titled workshop that the USPTO held a year ago. The […]

Music Modernization Act Proposes Single Solution to Mechanical Licensing Problem

The music industry’s licensing problems just got another proposed governmental solution, with last week’s introduction in Congress of the Music Modernization Act (MMA). The MMA is a bipartisan bill that would provide a blanket mechanical license and set up a collecting society to manage payments to composers and publishers. It aims to solve a particular […]

The Search for Leverage Against Sci-Hub (Updated)

I’m finally getting around to writing about Sci-Hub, the enormous and still-growing repository of scientific journal articles and academic papers that is often called “The Pirate Bay of Science.” The latest development in one of the lawsuits brought against the site in the United States finally brings a measure of technological interest to the legal […]

New Proposed Legislation Sets Up Showdown Over Online U.S. Music Rights Database

An effort is brewing in Washington to get an authoritative online database of music rights information built for the United States. It started last week as a bill called the Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act. (It has neither a catchy acronym nor even a bill number at this time of writing, so we’ll just call […]

Copyright Office Releases Results of Section 1201 Study

Late last month, the United States Copyright Office published the results of a study on Section 1201 (17 U.S.C. § 1201), the section of U.S. copyright law that makes it a violation to hack DRM systems and other content access and copy controls. Section 1201 was enacted in 1998 as part of the Digital Millennium […]