Information access and the 800-pound gorilla," arguing that there is a disconnect between the public interest and US copyright law because the current copyright statute hinders public access to information. Specifically, Geffert focused most of his attacks on the life-of-the-author-plus-70-years term of US copyright protection, arguing that the sheer length of time that creators are granted exclusive rights to their work under the current law keeps libraries from distributing a wealth of information to the world via the internet.
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.
awarded $500,000 in attorney fees to Dell last month in what he called “the clearest example of an exceptional case” he’s seen, nobody doubted his seriousness.