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Commerce Announces Change in Copyright Policy Comment Period

Written by United States Patent and Trademark Office
Posted: November 5, 2013 @ 1:56 pm
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Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced that the October 30, 2013 U.S. Department of Commerce public meeting on copyright policy issues had been postponed due to complications arising from the federal government shutdown. The meeting will now be held on December 12, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, VA and the period for post-meeting comments has been extended.

Comments are still being sought on the Commerce Department’s Internet Policy Task Force green paper, “Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy,” produced by the USPTO and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The deadline for filing pre-meeting comments is November 13, 2013.

Any comments received by November 13, 2013, will be considered in the discussions at the December 12, 2013 public meeting.  The deadline for filing post-meeting comments is January 10, 2014.  The filing of pre-meeting comments is not a prerequisite for filing post-meeting comments.

For more information including directions and RSVP details for the public meeting, please refer to the Federal Register Notice.

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  1. It would be interesting to see the suggestions for improving the DMCA notice and takedown system. On the one hand we could use a stricter penalties to dissuade the recent spate of overreaching takedowns (e.g., on fair or nominative use), on the other hand it would be nice to see some additional responsibility outlined for TLD registrars in order to facilitate takedowns of entire websites that may be unreachable due to foreign hosting.