I strongly support the Committee’s proposed approach to US-Copyright-Office modernization. During the last century, the United States has emerged as the world’s most successful net exporter of an increasingly broad array of copyright-protected works. Our remarkable and growing success as a producer and net exporter of copyrighted works has decreased our trade deficit, increased our GDP, and created high-paying US jobs across the country. Identifying the factors underlying this record of US success remains one of the most understudied issues in copyright law. The US thus has every incentive to ensure that the US Copyright Office is the world’s most technologically advanced, efficient, effective and responsive.
headlined a press conference organized by several progressive groups, which focused on anticipated changes that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) may make to its Open Internet rules. The event appeared designed to serve notice that supporters of former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s Title II reclassification approach will (loudly) oppose any efforts at regulatory reform. Unfortunately, in the wake of that press conference, several misconceptions about the issue are circulating, as one might expect when nuanced policy debates are reduced to 140-character-or-less sound bites. This blog post is a first stab at dispelling the most problematic issues.