Today, the Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force released its “White Paper on Remixes, First Sale, and Statutory Damages: Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy.” Public Knowledge commends the Department for recognizing the importance of a balanced copyright law, and that copyright law's onerous statutory damages provisions need to be changed.
Last month the House Republican Study Committee (RSC)
released (and then retracted 24 hours later) a thought-provoking policy paper
Myths About Copyright Law and Where to Start to Fix It. As the leading
group for conservative policy ideas and discussion in the U.S. House of
Representatives, the RSC could play a critical role in presenting the
conservative arguments for copyright reform.
This past Friday, the House Republican
Study Committee released a policy brief entitled Three Myths About Copyright
Law and Where to Start to Fix it. The
brief, examines three common content
industry assertions about the benefits of copyright, and concludes that rather
than promoting productivity and innovation, current copyright law inhibits
them. The brief then makes a number of suggestions
to reform the system, including reducing statutory damages, expanding fair use,
punishing copyright abuse and shortening copyright terms significantly.
When most people think of their favorite song, they are likely envisioning a particular artist who recorded it with their unique style and voice, and not the writer.While the song would be nothing without the words, that’s often not what connects the public to music… it’s the recording. Think of “Heartbreak Hotel”: are you conjuring up visions of Elvis Presley twisting and gyrating, or of the lesser known writers of that song, Tommy Durden and Mae Boren Axton?