Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Commerce Department's Internet Policy Task Force Seeks Comments on Online Copyright Issues

The Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force is seeking public comments on the relationship between the availability and protection of online copyrighted works and innovation in the Internet economy. The announcement was published in the Federal Register on October 5, 2010.

The Patent and Trademark Office and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration—the two agencies in the department charged with the copyright-related issues for the Task Force—addressed the “notice of inquiry” to all interested stakeholders, including rights holders, Internet service providers, and consumers.

The notice identified three broad categories for stakeholder comment, one for each stakeholder type:

• Eleven questions are directed to the topic of “rights holders: protection and detection strategies for online infringement.”

• Under “internet intermediaries: safe harbors and responsibilities,” the notice posed 15 questions, including ones directed to takedown notices issued for allegedly infringing content.

• The third set of questions were directed to “internet users: consumers of online works and user-generated content.”

The home page for the Internet Policy Task Force is here.  The Federal Register link to the "Inquiry on Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Internet Economy," which contains the specific questions, is here.

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