Jul 062014
 
Interview on ECJ Ruling on Transparency and the TTIP

Fannie Rascle — French journalist (@fannierascle) working for a website called novethic.fr, interviewed me today for an article about TTIP and transparency. Here are her questions and my answers. European Union documents relating to TTIP could be made public after a European Court of Justice ruling yesterday : do you think it is an important decision ? I am not an expert [...]

May 212014
 
CRS Research Shows How Rare Public Trade Advisory Meetings Are

Last week, USTR announced that it was closing a “partially open” meeting of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business.  No reason was given for the closing of the meeting. But this led an office in Congress to request the Congressional Research Service to find out just how many open meetings of the [...]

Apr 032014
 
Law Professors File Brief in U.S. Supreme Court : International Law Supports Aereo

30 international intellectual property law professors from around the world filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court today in ABC v. Aereo. Aereo is being accused of being directly liable for copyright infringement by supplying equipment for a remote DVR service that allows consumers to record and play back free-to-air television programming. The brief [...]

Ukraine Given a Pass on Special 301 Threats

 Posted by on March 21, 2014
Mar 212014
 
Ukraine Given a Pass on Special 301 Threats

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) recently announced that it would not seek sanctions against Ukraine following its designation as a Priority Foreign Country in the Special 301 process last year. The notice states that the USTR sticks by its finding that “certain intellectual property rights (IPR) acts, policies, and practices of Ukraine are unreasonable [...]

Feb 282014
 
USTR rejecting EU bids for more transparency in TTIP

USTR demands for hyper-secrecy in the Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) continue to be a major block to continuing negotiations. The current issue under discussion is access to US proposals by EU member states — which are of course themselves sovereign countries. The member states are demanding access to the text of proposals that would [...]

Feb 192014
 
USTR Accepts Business Proposal to Segregate Public Interest in Advisory Committees

United States Trade Representative Froman announced yesterday that his agency will create a public interest trade advisory committee (PITAC) for academics and NGOs as part of the trade advisory committee structure. But instead of including public interest representatives within Industry Trade Advisory Committees, USTR has accepted the proposal of industry representatives to segregate non-industry views [...]

Jan 272014
 

Professor Peter Jaszi will testify tomorrow before a House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, as a witness in a hearing on “The Scope of Fair Use.”  The hearing will focus on the fair use doctrine, which permits limited unauthorized use of copyrighted material, and which is relied upon to create [...]

Jan 172014
 

Copyright Week is the perfect occasion to celebrate fair use, certainly the most dynamic and arguably the most important doctrine in copyright law. The last 15 or 20 years have seen a remarkable series of developments that make fair use, now more than ever, the most vital protection of the public interest in the Copyright Act. For Copyright Week, we wanted to highlight a part of the fair use landscape that, perhaps more than any other, puts fair use in the hands of practitioners who need it most: the Fair Use Best Practices movement.

Jan 102014
 
Trade Promotion Authority Bill Falls Short of Ensuring Transparency and the Public Interest

Contacts: Sean Flynn, American University Washington College of Law, 202-274-4157, sflynn@wcl.american.edu Margot Kaminski, Yale Law School, margot.kaminski@yale.edu David Levine, Elon University School of Law, 336-279-9298, dlevine3@elon.edu The release of a Trade Promotion Authority bill yesterday, including provisions to increase Congressional oversight of the trade negotiation process, is a welcome sign that Congress may be preparing [...]