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”

Supreme Court Holding on Recoverable Costs Misses the Mark

On Monday, the Supreme Court issued a decision holding that the “full costs” available to a prevailing party in a copyright dispute are limited to those litigation expenses specified as taxable under federal law. The opinion by Justice Kavanaugh reverses a Ninth Circuit interpretation of 17 USC § 505, which held that any costs incurred … Continue reading “Supreme Court Holding on Recoverable Costs Misses the Mark”

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”

Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Clinic Students File Amicus Brief in Brammer v. Violent Hues

By Rachelle Mortimer & Grant Ossler* The Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Clinic at Antonin Scalia Law School recently filed an amicus brief in the Brammer v. Violent Hues case that is on appeal in the Fourth Circuit. The Clinic provides a unique opportunity for students interested in intellectual property and entertainment law. Each semester, students … Continue reading “Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Clinic Students File Amicus Brief in Brammer v. Violent Hues”

Will the EU Finally Hold Internet Giants Accountable?

On July 5th, the European Parliament will vote on a draft of the Copyright Directive for the Digital Single Market that has major implications for the future of copyright law in the European Union and beyond. At the center of the debate is Article 13, a provision that would require online platforms that feature user-generated … Continue reading “Will the EU Finally Hold Internet Giants Accountable?”

Despite Professors’ Misleading Rhetoric, CLASSICS is a Big Win for Everyone

By Matthew Barblan America’s music industry is experiencing a historic moment. For the first time ever, stakeholders from across the industry have set aside their differences and come together to find a way to modernize our music licensing system. And what’s more, these diverse stakeholders—ranging from artists and record labels, to songwriters and music publishers, … Continue reading “Despite Professors’ Misleading Rhetoric, CLASSICS is a Big Win for Everyone”

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”

CPIP Fall Conference Papers Highlight How Intellectual Property Rights Promote Global Prosperity

By Alex Summerton The George Mason Law Review has just published the papers from our Fourth Annual Fall Conference, Intellectual Property & Global Prosperity, which was held at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, in Arlington, Virginia, on October 6-7, 2016. The conference highlighted the importance of IP rights in the global marketplace and … Continue reading “CPIP Fall Conference Papers Highlight How Intellectual Property Rights Promote Global Prosperity”

Innovate4Health: Miriam Bridges the Gap Between Developing-World Infrastructure and Cancer Detection

This post is one of a series in the #Innovate4Health policy research initiative. By Alex Summerton Originally a disease diagnosed only in developed countries, cancer is now a leading cause of death in the developing world with over half of all new cases annually. The rise in cancer in the developing world is attributed to … Continue reading “Innovate4Health: Miriam Bridges the Gap Between Developing-World Infrastructure and Cancer Detection”