Pallante Appointed Permanent Head of Copyright Office
Copyright, Intellectual Property, People
June 1st, 2011
WASHINGTON, June 1, 2011 – Librarian of Congress James Billington made permanent the appointment of Maria Pallante to the top post at the U.S. Copyright Office, where she has served as Acting Register of Copyrights since the beginning of the year.
Pallante’s appointment secures her spot as the successor of Marybeth Peters, who retired from the Copyright Office at the end of 2010 after 16 years of service.
Senate Committee Passes PROTECT IP Act But Wyden Issues Quick Halt
Congress, Copyright, Intellectual Property, Senate
May 27th, 2011
WASHINGTON May 27, 2011 – The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act, or PROTECT IP Act on Thursday, but Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) put a hold on the bill preventing it from going to the full Senate.
Fate of Silicon Valley Movie Streaming Startup Illustrates Obama Admin’s Innovation Policy Balancing Act
Copyright, Intellectual Property
April 5th, 2011
Investors in internet movie-streaming startup Zediva initially worried about how net neutrality rules could affect its future as a business, but ultimately it’s copyright law that might do it in, and doom it as a business model.
Dodd Addresses Movie ‘Theft’ In First Speech as MPAA Chief
Copyright, Intellectual Property, Media
March 30th, 2011
WASHINGTON, March 30, 2011 – Harkening to the days of the director, Cecil B. DeMille, CEO and Chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America, Chris Dodd, delivered his first talk as chief of the organization to theater owners in Las Vegas about the importance of preventing movie theft.
Theft from individuals surreptitiously recording movies in theaters and distributing them either in hard copy or on the internet represents the greatest threat to one of the strongest sectors of the American economy, claimed the former Connecticut Senator.
Motion Picture Association Casts Chris Dodd As Chairman, CEO
March 1st, 2011
WASHINGTON, March 1, 2011 — And the 2011 Award of Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America goes to … former Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd!
Harvard Crimson Gives A Positive Review Of The Movie Industry’s Approach To Illegal Downloading
December 15th, 2010
Harvard’s student newspaper on Monday endorsed the way that the movie industry has approached the phenomenon of illegal downloading at university campuses, calling it “a sensible compromise.”
Internet’s Founding Architects: Latest U.S. Senate Effort To Block Online Pirates Will Instigate Internet Chaos
Copyright, Intellectual Property
November 18th, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO, November 18th, 2010 — The U.S. Senate’s latest battle plan against intellectual property piracy online could gain traction and be approved by the body’s Judiciary Committee Thursday, but a large group of the internet’s founding architects are warning that the plan’s technical approach would wreak havoc and destabilize the global network.
Movie and TV Industry Tells U.S. Trade Rep Where Biggest Content Theft Occurs
Copyright, Intellectual Property, International
November 8th, 2010
WASHINGTON, November 9, 2010 – The Motion Picture Association of America has notified the United States Trade Representative as to what it believes are the most “notorious” physical and online markets threatening legitimate commerce.
U.S. Film Chief Revives Call for “Three Strikes” Approach to Copyright Scofflaws On the Internet
October 22nd, 2010
The interim chief of the Motion Picture Association of America on Thursday urged lawmakers in Japan to enact new legislation that would mandate the disconnection of illegal file-sharers from their internet connections after being warned about their activities several times.
Intellectual Property Breakfast Club Discusses the IP Czar
Intellectual Property, International
September 15th, 2010
WASHINGTON, September 15, 2010 – The Intellectual Property Breakfast Club on Tuesday brought together a wide range of stake holders to discuss whether the Obama administration’s intellectual property czar will crush internet piracy.