Yesterday, April 26, was World Intellectual Property Day. However, in many countries we see extremist proposals to expand copyright and intellectual property, which benefit only a handful of rightholders at the expense of the rest of society. That´s why, together with 13 civil society organizations from the Americas, we published an open letter calling on our governments to protect innovation, preserve fair access to technology and internet freedom, and use copyright to promote social justice.
Join Public Knowledge in Austin at this year’s SXSW as our experts tackle two key technology policy issues for 2016: the return of Zombie SOPA through an obscure federal agency, and how the Internet of Things may turn consumer protection on its head.
Friday, Public Knowledge and the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed an amicus curiae brief with the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in the case McRO v. Bandai Namco. The case, in which more than 20 major computer game developers have been sued for patent infringement, involves technology relating to computer-generated animation, and specifically for automatic lip synchronization of animated characters.
Last week, Public Knowledge filed two amicus curiae briefs in intellectual property cases before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, urging the court to consider the rights of consumers and the public. The cases are Lexmark v. Impression Products and In re Tam.