This Week in Washington IP: Reconsidering the DMCA Takedown System, Bridging Gaps in Federal Data Privacy Legislation, and Developing Technologies for Inclusive Cities

This week in Washington IP events, the Senate IP Subcommittee convenes a hearing to look at recent recommendations made by the U.S. Copyright Office regarding the systems of receiving copyright claim notices and taking down infringing content from online platforms under provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. While Congress remains mostly quiet, various think tanks will host online video webinars including the Center for Strategic & International Studies, which will explore a fictional depiction of the impact of the robotic revolution as well as innovative responses to the COVID-19 pandemic being developed by the retail and apparel industry.

Tuesday, June 2 

Urban Institute 

Data@Urban Digital Discussions

At 10:00 AM on Tuesday, online video webinar.

Many organizations are involved in the work of analyzing large sets of data and publishing findings that can create a greater understanding of important issues, data visualization and presentation are of utmost importance to ensure that findings are communicated clearly. This event, part of an ongoing virtual series featuring discussions between data communication leaders and Urban Institute Senior Fellow Jonathan Schwabish, will feature a chat with Alberto Cairo, Knight Chair in Visual Journalism, University of Miami School of Communication. 

Urban Institute 

Why Technology Matters for Inclusive Cities

At 12:00 PM on Tuesday, online video webinar.

The current COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of technologies that provide access to essential services, jobs and food. This event, the first in a weeklong webinar series hosted by the Urban Institute and focused on achieving equity in the digital age, will explore how improving urban access to technological platforms can improve equity and create more inclusive cities. A discussion at this event will include Gary Brantley, Chief Information Officer, City of Atlanta; Majestic Lane, Chief Equity Officer and Deputy Chief of Staff, City of Pittsburgh; Lori Nelson, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Boston; and moderated by Alena Stern, Data Science Fellow, Urban Institute.

Senate Subcommittee on Intellectual Property 

Is the DMCA’s Notice-and-Takedown System Working in the 21st Century?

At 2:30 PM on Tuesday in G50 Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Among the many aspects of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act which may not be operating according to Congressional intent, according to a recent report by the U.S. Copyright Office, include the notice-and-takedown systems which are implemented by online service providers who want to qualify for safe harbor provisions under 17 U.S.C. § 512. A lack of specificity in takedown notices and a lengthy time period for responding to counter notices were both cited as areas which could be improved through Congressional fine-tuning. The first witness panel for this hearing will include Don Henley, Musician and Songwriter; Jon Berroya, Interim President and CEO, Internet Association; Douglas Preston, President, The Authors Guild; and David Hansen, Associate University Librarian and Lead Copyright and Information Policy Officer, Duke University. The second witness panel for this hearing will include Abigail Rives, IP Counsel, Engine; Kerry Muzzey, Independent Classical and Film Composer, Kirbyko Music LLC; Meredith Rose, Policy Counsel, Public Knowledge; and Jeff Sedlik, President, Sedlik Photography.


Wednesday, June 3 

The Brookings Institution 

What Will It Take to Bridge Gaps in Federal Privacy Legislation? 

At 2:00 PM on Wednesday, online video webinar.

Data privacy issues during the 116th Congress have been focused on the one hand on the need to protect consumer data in the wake of scandals like Cambridge Analytica, and on the other hand with concerns in balancing state interests in federal preemption of data privacy laws as well as the right of bringing a private action in civil courts. This event, which takes place ahead of a report on federal privacy legislation by Brookings’ Center for Technology Innovation, will feature a discussion with Julie Brill, Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft, and Former Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission; Christopher Lewis, President and CEO, Public Knowledge; Christine S. Wilson, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission; and moderated by Cameron Kelly, Ann R. and Andrew H. Tisch Distinguished Visiting Fellow, The Brookings Institution.

Center for Strategic & International Studies 

Book Discussion: Burn-In: A Novel of the Real Robotic Revolution

At 4:00 PM on Wednesday, online video webinar.

The recently published novel Burn-In: A Novel of the Real Robotic Revolution mixes elements of fiction and non-fiction, featuring a story that contemplates political and economic changes brought about by the robotic revolution. This event will feature a discussion between P.W. Singer, author of Burn-In and a strategist and senior fellow at New America, and Kathleen H. Hicks, Senior Vice President, Henry A. Kissinger Chair, and Director, International Security Program.

Thursday, June 4 

Center for Strategic & International Studies 

Innovation and COVID-19: The Fashion Sector

At 4:00 PM on Thursday, online video webinar.

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting supply chains in all industry sectors because of factory closures and a shrinking consumer base. This event, the first in a series produced by CSIS to look at innovative ways that sector leaders are responding to the challenge of COVID-19, will focus on efforts being made in the retail and apparel industry. The event will feature a discussion with Stephen Lamar, President and CEO, American Apparel & Footwear Association; Colin Browne, Chief Operating Officer, Under Armour; and moderated by William Alan Reinsch, Senior Advisor and Scholl Chair in International Business.


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