CASE Act Set to Empower Creators and Impose Accountability

Next week, the Copyright Alternative in Small Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act is scheduled for markup before the House Judiciary Committee, promising long-overdue support for small creators and copyright owners in their fight against overwhelming infringement in the digital age. While the bill has bipartisan support and the backing of a wide array of individual creators, … Continue reading “CASE Act Set to Empower Creators and Impose Accountability”

TickBox Injunction Targets Blatant Inducement of Infringement

Late last month, a preliminary injunction was issued in favor of Netflix, Amazon, and six major studios in their case against the manufacturers of the set-top streaming device TickBox TV. The order comes as use of piracy-enabling streaming devices is on the rise, and it represents an initial victory in the fight against stream-based infringement. But while … Continue reading “TickBox Injunction Targets Blatant Inducement of Infringement”

Concerns over ALI Copyright Restatement Leave Project in Limbo

Over the past few weeks, widespread criticism has emerged over a superfluous and seemingly partisan effort to override existing copyright law. The target of concern is the American Law Institute’s (ALI) Restatement of the Law, Copyright project which—despite its stated mission to clarify copyright law—has been revealed as an influenced venture that could futher muddle … Continue reading “Concerns over ALI Copyright Restatement Leave Project in Limbo”

A New NAFTA Must Protect the Rights of Copyright Owners and Creators

Last week, the fifth round of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations closed in Mexico City with tensions high and little progress made towards a modernized trade deal. While the most recent talks saw the U.S., Mexico, and Canada discussing (and disagreeing over) ways to resolve trade disputes and rules governing automobile tariffs, earlier meetings … Continue reading “A New NAFTA Must Protect the Rights of Copyright Owners and Creators”

Debunking Criticism of the Copyright Small Claims Act

It’s been six weeks since the Copyright Alternative in Small Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act (H.R.3945) was introduced to Congress by a bipartisan coalition of Representatives, and while there’s an abundance of support among politicians, creators, artists’ rights organizations, and the Copyright Office, some have been critical of the legislation. Although much of the pushback can … Continue reading “Debunking Criticism of the Copyright Small Claims Act”

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author T.J. Stiles Makes the Case for Copyright

On October 12th and 13th, the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) hosted its Fifth Annual Fall Conference at Antonin Scalia Law School in Arlington, Virginia. The event brought together scholars, industry professionals, and practicing attorneys to discuss recent developments in intellectual property law and to present meaningful policy reform proposals. In addition … Continue reading “Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author T.J. Stiles Makes the Case for Copyright”

Small Claims Bill Aims to Empower Copyright Owners and Creators

This month, Congress introduced a bill that would establish a long-discussed small claims court for copyright disputes. The legislation comes after a House Judiciary Committee proposal based on a four-year review of the US Copyright system and a 2013 report by the Copyright Office that recommended “the creation of an alternative forum that will enable copyright owners to pursue … Continue reading “Small Claims Bill Aims to Empower Copyright Owners and Creators”

Stream Ripping Emerges as the New Face of Music Piracy

As formats change and advances in technology continue to transform the way we listen to music, new methods of pirating content are never far behind. What started with the analog dubbing and bootlegging of cassettes forty years ago evolved with the digital age into CD burning and MP3 sharing, eventually leading to a chaotic illegal … Continue reading “Stream Ripping Emerges as the New Face of Music Piracy”

Mayweather v. McGregor Warrants Preemptive Anti-Piracy Efforts

This Saturday, the world will be treated to one of the most hyped events in the history of sports when “The Notorious “ Conor McGregor and Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. meet in Las Vegas to become (even more) rich while ostensibly also participating in a boxing match. The bout marks the first foray into boxing … Continue reading “Mayweather v. McGregor Warrants Preemptive Anti-Piracy Efforts”

CPIP Affiliate Scholar Erika Lietzan Testifies at HJC Hearing on FDA Approval Process

On July 27, 2017, CPIP Affiliate Scholar and Associate Professor of Law at the University of Missouri–Columbia Erika Lietzan testified before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law in a hearing on Antitrust Concerns and the FDA Approval Process. The hearing was an attempt by lawmakers to better understand the … Continue reading “CPIP Affiliate Scholar Erika Lietzan Testifies at HJC Hearing on FDA Approval Process”