Notice of Public Meetings on Copyright Policy Topics

Date: 
April 16, 2014

The Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force plans to hold four roundtables on certain copyright topics in cities across the United States in May, June, and July 2014. Topics are the legal framework for the creation of remixes, the relevance and scope of the first sale doctrine in the digital environment, and the appropriate calibration of statutory damages in the contexts of individual file sharers and of secondary liability for large-scale infringement.

The four roundtables are scheduled to be held in: (1) Nashville, TN on May 21, 2014, (2) Cambridge, MA on June 25, 2014, (3) Los Angeles, CA on July 29, 2014, and (4) Berkeley, CA on July 30, 2014. All roundtables will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m.  Requests to participate and observe are due three weeks in advance of each of the respective roundtables on the following dates, by 5:00 p.m. E.S.T.: (1) April 30, 2014 for the Nashville roundtable, (2) June 4, 2014 for the Cambridge roundtable, (3) July 8, 2014 for the Los Angeles roundtable, and (4) July 9, 2014 for the Berkeley roundtable. The agendas and webcast information will be available a week before each of the roundtables on the Task Force Web site, http://www.ntia.doc.gov/category/internet-policy-task-force and the USPTO’s Web site, http://www.uspto.gov/ip/global/copyrights/index.jsp.

For further information regarding the roundtables, please contact Ann Chaitovitz, Ben Golant, or Hollis Robinson, Office of Policy and International Affairs, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Madison Building, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; telephone (571) 272–9300. Email questions should be sent to copyrightpolicyroundtable@uspto.gov. Sign up for the USPTO’s Copyright Alert subscription at enews.uspto.gov to receive updates about the roundtables. Please direct all media inquiries to the Office of the Chief Communications Officer, USPTO, at (571) 272–8400.