Publishers v. Audible: An Army of Red Herrings

Audible has now filed its response to the publishers’ request for a preliminary injunction—twice. It filed the exact same brief to argue that it shouldn’t be preliminarily enjoined (Dkt. 34) and to argue that the complaint should be dismissed for failure to state a claim (Dkt. 41). Unfortunately for Audible, the repetition of fallacious arguments … Continue reading “Publishers v. Audible: An Army of Red Herrings”

Publishers v. Audible: VCRs and DVRs to the Rescue?

On August 23, a group of publishers, including Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster, sued Audible for copyright infringement. Audible, which is a subsidiary of Amazon, sells and produces audiobooks, and it planned to launch a new speech-to-text feature on September 10. The feature, dubbed Audible Captions, would automatically convert the licensed audio … Continue reading “Publishers v. Audible: VCRs and DVRs to the Rescue?”

Twenty Years Later, DMCA More Broken Than Ever

With Section 512 of the DMCA, Congress sought to “preserve[] strong incentives for service providers and copyright owners to cooperate to detect and deal with copyright infringements that take place in the digital networked environment.”[1] Given the symbiotic relationship between copyright owners and service providers, Congress meant to establish an online ecosystem where both would … Continue reading “Twenty Years Later, DMCA More Broken Than Ever”

How the Supreme Court Made it Harder for Copyright Owners to Protect Their Rights—And Why Congress Should Fix It

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Fourth Estate v. Wall-Street.com, a case examining the registration precondition to filing a suit for copyright infringement in the federal district courts. While I agree with the Court’s exegesis of the statute at issue, it’s worth noting how the Court’s construction leaves many, if … Continue reading “How the Supreme Court Made it Harder for Copyright Owners to Protect Their Rights—And Why Congress Should Fix It”

CPIP Scholars Join Comments to FTC on How Antitrust Overreach is Threatening Healthcare Innovation

On December 21, 2018, CPIP Senior Scholars Adam Mossoff and Kristen Osenga joined former Federal Circuit Chief Judge Randall Rader and SIU Law’s Mark Schultz in comments submitted to the FTC as part of its ongoing Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century Hearings. Through the hearings, the FTC is examining whether recent economic … Continue reading “CPIP Scholars Join Comments to FTC on How Antitrust Overreach is Threatening Healthcare Innovation”

CPIP’s Sean O’Connor Files Comments with FTC on Consumer and Competition Concerns with Copyright Licensing

On December 21, 2018, CPIP Director of International Innovation Policy Sean O’Connor filed comments before the FTC as part of its hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century. In October of 2018, Prof. O’Connor participated in the hearings on the Competition Policy and Copyright Law panel, and he submitted these comments to … Continue reading “CPIP’s Sean O’Connor Files Comments with FTC on Consumer and Competition Concerns with Copyright Licensing”

CPIP Scholars Join Comment Letter to FTC Supporting Evidence-Based Approach to IP Policymaking

On December 21, 2018, CPIP Senior Scholars Jonathan Barnett, Chris Holman, Erika Lietzan, Adam Mossoff, Sean O’Connor, and Kristen Osenga joined a comment letter that was filed with the FTC as part of its ongoing hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century. The comment letter was joined by 18 legal academics, economists, … Continue reading “CPIP Scholars Join Comment Letter to FTC Supporting Evidence-Based Approach to IP Policymaking”

CPIP Scholars Join Amicus Brief Arguing that the Government Cannot Petition for CBM Review

On December 17, 2018, CPIP Senior Scholars Adam Mossoff and Kristen Osenga joined an amicus brief written on behalf of seven law professors by Professor Adam MacLeod, a CPIP Thomas Edison Innovation Fellow for 2017 and 2018 and a member of CPIP’s growing community of scholars. The brief, which was filed in Return Mail Inc. … Continue reading “CPIP Scholars Join Amicus Brief Arguing that the Government Cannot Petition for CBM Review”

VIDEOS: Panel Presentations from the CPIP 2018 Fall Conference

On October 11-12, 2018, CPIP hosted its Sixth Annual Fall Conference, IP for the Next Generation of Technology, at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, in Arlington, Virginia. After the breakthrough technology that gave us the mobile technology revolution of the past fifteen years, another leap forward in technology is about to break out … Continue reading “VIDEOS: Panel Presentations from the CPIP 2018 Fall Conference”

VIDEO: Dr. Irwin M. Jacobs Delivers Keynote Address at CPIP 2018 Fall Conference

On October 11-12, 2018, CPIP hosted its Sixth Annual Fall Conference, IP for the Next Generation of Technology, at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, in Arlington, Virginia. Our conference addressed how IP rights and institutions can foster and support the next leap forward in technology that is about to break out into consumer … Continue reading “VIDEO: Dr. Irwin M. Jacobs Delivers Keynote Address at CPIP 2018 Fall Conference”