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Global Congress on Intellectual Property and Public Interest Happening Next Week

The good folks over at American University are hosting the Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest next week. The Congress will bring together scholars, policymakers, and policy advocates to discuss how positive copyright policies can be constructed. The purpose of the event is to come up with policy recommendations that would allow copyright to serve the interests of artists and the general public and not just a few established industries. The plenary session of the Congress is open to the public and folks at American University welcome your participation. Here’s more information about the Congress:

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A Trade Agreement For The 21st Century

Today, Public Knowledge, the Special Libraries Association and Internet NZ told the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) that an IP chapter in a truly “21st century trade agreement” should reflect the rights and interests of the wide variety of stakeholders affected by copyright. To demonstrate how this can be done, we submitted to the USTR our own discussion draft of a copyright chapter to be included in the proposed Transpacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) and a letter explaining the draft. In contrast to the U.S. proposed draft, recently leaked on the Internet, we believe that this draft represents a middle-ground position that begins closer to a position that respects the interests of the many different stakeholders that will be affected.

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Great Ideas To Examine How Copyright Impacts Innovation Presented At the National Academies

Almost all of us accept the proposition that copyright protection encourages creativity. But how much of this protection is appropriate? How long should it last? What sources of data can we look to to answer these questions? In the copyright context data about these and many other questions is sorely lacking and law and policy is made in its absence. For instance, in 1998 Congress extended copyright term from life of the author plus 50 years to life of the author plus 70 years based on assertions of certain rights holders (page 4) that longer terms would provide them with greater incentives to create. Yet, there was no evaluation of the effect this long term would have on many creative communities that use pre-existing works. Many, including PK, posit that these communities are adversely impacted by long terms. 

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Despite the RIAA/NAB Unholy Alliance to Force FM Radios Into All Cell Phones, Performance Royalties

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There’s an absolutely ridiculous story making the rounds—apparently the NAB and the RIAA have come to an agreement whereby the NAB will support broadcasters paying performance royalties, in exchange for the RIAA supporting a legal requirement that cell phones, mp3 players, and the like have FM receivers built in.

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