Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force
Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy
The Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force (Task Force), led by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), is planning a series of public meetings to further the discussion of certain issues of copyright policy in the digital economy.
Please RSVP for upcoming meetings as they are announced on this website under the “RSVP” tab and indicate whether you are planning to attend in person or via webcast. We will regularly update this website as details about additional meetings are available. Agendas and additional information will be posted on this website, as well as at http://www.uspto.gov/ip/global/copyrights/index.jsp and http://www.ntia.doc.gov/internetpolicytaskforce. To ensure that you receive timely updates about upcoming events, please sign up for the USPTO’s Copyright Alerts at http://enews.uspto.gov.
Overview – About the Public Meetings
The Task Force’s Green Paper on Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy (Green Paper), released on July 31, 2013, identified the following topics on which the Department would conduct more work:
- the legal framework for the creation of remixes;
- the relevance and scope of the first sale doctrine in the digital environment;
- the appropriate calibration of statutory damages, in the contexts of individual file sharers and of secondary liability for large-scale online infringement;
- improving the operation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s (DMCA) notice and takedown system; and
- how the government can facilitate the further development of a robust online licensing environment.
Since the release of the Green Paper, we have requested public comments and held an initial public meeting on December 12, 2013. Now that the public comment period has closed, copies of the comments received are available at http://www.uspto.gov/ip/global/copyrights/green_paper_public_comments.jsp. The Task Force will now launch additional public consultations with respect to the above topics, which will be organized as follows:
Roundtables – On the first three issues identified in the Green Paper - remixes, first sale, and statutory damages - the Department of Commerce hosted roundtables in four cites to seek additional input from the public in order for the Task Force to have a complete and thorough record upon which to make recommendations. The Task Force held the initial roundtable on May 21st in Nashville, TN, the second roundtable on June 25th in Cambridge, MA, the third roundtable on July 29th in Los Angeles, CA, and the fourth roundtable on July 30th in Berkeley, CA. Transcripts and webcasts of the roundtable events are found under the "Information" tab of this website and at the USPTO website, http://www.uspto.gov/ip/global/copyrights/index.jsp
Multistakeholder Forum - On the fourth issue - improving the operation of the DMCA notice and takedown system - the Task Force has established a forum for discussion and consensus-building among stakeholders with the aim of producing an agreed outcome by the end of 2014. The initial public meeting of the multistakeholder forum took place on March 20th, 2014 at the USPTO main campus in Alexandria, Virginia. The second meeting of the multistakeholder forum took place on May 8th, 2014 in Berkeley, California. The third meeting of the multistakeholder forum took place on June 20th, 2014 at the USPTO main campus in Alexandria, Virginia. The fourth meeting of the multistakeholder forum took place on September 10th, 2014 at the USPTO main campus in Alexandria, Virginia. The fifth meeting of the multistakeholder forum too place on October 28th, 2014 in Berkeley, California. For summary descriptions of the outcomes of these meetings and for more information regarding the upcoming sixth meeting of the multistakeholder forum on notice and takedown, which will take place on December 18, 2014 at the USPTO main campus in Alexandria, Virginia, please click on the "Multistakeholder" tab at the top of this page.
Through this process, the USPTO, NTIA, and the Department of Commerce seek public input to ensure an updated, balanced and effective copyright system that continues to drive the production of creative works while at the same time preserving the innovative power of the Internet and the free flow of information. As we have done throughout the Green Paper process, we expect to coordinate with the United States Copyright Office.