International Trade Administration Report Highlights Strong Markets, Persistent Piracy

Last month, the International Trade Administration (ITA)—an agency in the US Department of Commerce that measures and promotes the export of nonagricultural services and goods—released its 2017 Top Markets Report, Media and Entertainment Sector Snapshot. The report provides updates on the steady growth of the US media and entertainment (M&E) sector, which includes the core … Continue reading “International Trade Administration Report Highlights Strong Markets, Persistent Piracy”

Judgment Against Sci-Hub is a Win for Authors and Publishers

Last week, the United States Court for the Southern District of New York entered a default judgment against Sci-Hub, the Library Genesis Project (LibGen), and a number of related websites and site operators for the willful infringement of dozens of copyright-protected scholarly articles. The judgment comes two years after Elsevier—an international academic publishing company now … Continue reading “Judgment Against Sci-Hub is a Win for Authors and Publishers”

As Investment Moves Overseas, the US Must Restore its Gold-Standard Patent System

Venture capital investment in the United States has declined steadily for years, as investors abandon an uncertain domestic climate for more reliable opportunities in foreign countries. In a report on the current state of the entrepreneurial ecosystem, the National Venture Capital Association emphasizes the extreme decline in the US share of global venture capital in … Continue reading “As Investment Moves Overseas, the US Must Restore its Gold-Standard Patent System”

Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) Unites to Fight Online Piracy

As digital piracy shifts away from torrent downloads and towards unauthorized streaming and theft-based extortion, stakeholders from all parts of the creativity community are reassessing their efforts to fight online infringement. This week, a global coalition of creators and leading on-demand entertainment services joined forces to better address the ever-evolving threat that piracy poses not … Continue reading “Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) Unites to Fight Online Piracy”

In Defense of an Inclusive IP Conversation

In a recent essay responding to a divisive critique of his book, Justifying Intellectual Property, Robert Merges makes clear from the start that he won’t be pulling any punches. He explains that the purpose of his essay, Against Utilitarian Fundamentalism, is to address the misleading and polarizing conclusions of Mark Lemley’s 2015 article, Faith-Based Intellectual … Continue reading “In Defense of an Inclusive IP Conversation”

An Ever-Weakening Patent System is Threatening the Future of American Innovation

Over the past ten years, the United States patent system has been transformed by new legislation, regulatory actions, and numerous decisions by the Supreme Court addressing nearly every area of patent doctrine. The many disruptive legal changes have affected infringement remedies, licensing activities, and what types of inventions and discoveries are eligible for patent protection, … Continue reading “An Ever-Weakening Patent System is Threatening the Future of American Innovation”

Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act is First Step Towards a Modern Copyright Office

The House Judiciary Committee today overwhelmingly approved the bipartisan Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act by a vote of 27-1. Introduced last Thursday by Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr.—with the support of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein, and Senator Patrick Leahy—the Act is the first … Continue reading “Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act is First Step Towards a Modern Copyright Office”

Innovate4Health: mPedigree Battles Counterfeit Drugs Through Innovative Verification System

This post is one of a series in the #Innovate4Health policy research initiative. Counterfeit medicines sold under a product name without proper authorization are a serious threat to global public health. Classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as substandard, spurious, falsely labelled, falsified and counterfeit (SSFFC) medical products, counterfeit drugs are regularly designed to … Continue reading “Innovate4Health: mPedigree Battles Counterfeit Drugs Through Innovative Verification System”

Kodi Software Enabling Widespread Copyright Infringement

Awards season always seems to arrive with new stories about how piracy is affecting the film industry and the way we watch movies. Whether it’s a promotional screener that was stolen and uploaded to a torrent site, or the latest software that allows users to download or stream pirated content, the tales are reminders of … Continue reading “Kodi Software Enabling Widespread Copyright Infringement”

Trusted Notifier Program Defended Against Misleading Rhetoric

One year ago, domain name registry Donuts, Inc. and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) entered into an agreement termed the Trusted Notifier Program in a joint effort to combat piracy. The voluntary initiative “introduced a new way to work towards mitigation of clear and pervasive cases of copyright infringement,” and according to Donuts’ … Continue reading “Trusted Notifier Program Defended Against Misleading Rhetoric”