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What:  U.S. Dept. of Commerce public meeting to discuss copyright licensing and to gather feedback from the public as to how it can implement a government-sponsored online licensing system and database, similar to the “digital copyright hub” currently in use in the U.K.

When:  April 1, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Eastern Time (U.S.).

Where:  Via webinar: Click here to watch the webcastPassword is 123456; In person: the public meeting will be held at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in the Singapore and Venice Rooms of the Global Intellectual Property Academy on the second floor of the Madison Building, which is located at 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.  All major entrances to the building are accessible to people with disabilities.

Slow and steady wins the race. No actual system is in place yet, but the U.S. Department of Commerce wants to continue its years-long chat with the public about an online copyright licensing hub.

Slow and steady wins the race. No actual system is in place yet, but the U.S. Department of Commerce wants to continue its years-long chat with the public about an online copyright licensing hub.

Back in 2013, the U. S. Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force released its “green paper”, Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy.  One of the Task Force’s goals was to gather comments from the public as to what the U.S. Government can do to help develop a “robust online copyright licensing environment.”

The Green Paper brought up some issues that the Department of Commerce wanted to explore further.  These included whether the Government is in a position to help develop the system, even though public comments seemed to support that building such an online marketplace is fundamentally a function of the private sector.  The paper also concluded that there’s still a need for a more comprehensive and reliable copyright ownership database and more streamlined licensing mechanisms.  According to the Green Paper, the goal is a system that allows individuals, business entities and other organizations to license rights to copyrighted works online and to easily locate the owners of those rights.

 The Task Force will hold another public meeting on April 1, 2015, to explore these issues further, focusing specifically on how the Government can “assist in facilitating the development and use of standard identifiers for all types of works of authorship”, “interoperability among databases and systems used to identify owners of rights and terms of use”, and a possible portal to link the databases to licensing platforms.

The meeting starts at 9:00 a.m. on April 1 and will run to 4:00 p.m., Eastern Time (U.S.).  For those of us not in the Washington D.C. area, you can attend via webinar by Clicking here on April 1 to watch the webcastPassword is 123456. For those in the D.C.  area wanting to attend in-person, the meeting will be held at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in the Singapore and Venice Rooms of the Global Intellectual Property Academy on the second floor of the Madison Building, which is located at 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.  All major entrances to the building are accessible to people with disabilities.

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