By Michael J. Remington and Nathan A. Pollard

In her Horace S. Manges Lecture at Columbia University earlier this month, Register of Copyrights Maria A. Pallante challenged the copyright community and the Congress to commence consideration of copyright law for the 21st century.  Shortly thereafter, at a House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet hearing, she nonetheless underscored that certain pieces of copyright legislation should not await omnibus reform.  At the March 20 hearing, titled “The Register’s Call for Updates to U.S. Copyright Law,” Pallante stated that performance rights, orphan works, and illegal streaming issues were ripe for legislative action. 

The issue of orphan works was recently addressed by Drinker Biddle & Reath associate Nathan Pollard in Bloomberg BNA’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal.  In his article, “Orphan Works: Return from the Dead (or Dying),” Nathan reviewed the history of orphan works legislation in Congress, the courts, internationally and the comments submitted to the Copyright Office for a Notice of Inquiry on the subject. 

The issues of performance rights and illegal streaming have also been the subjects of monitoring and analysis by Drinker Biddle’s Intellectual Property (IP) Lobbying and Government Affairs team. 

Organizations can consider advocating their positions a couple of different ways, and Drinker Biddle’s IP advocacy team can assist in this effort.  Drinker Biddle is available to assist organizations in authoring their comments or seeking a meeting with members of Congress.  For support in this effort and for more information on our capabilities, please contact Michael Remington or Nathan Pollard.

Pollard’s article is available at:

http://www.drinkerbiddle.com/resources/publications/2013/Orphan-Works-Return-from-the-Dead-or-Dying-.

Pallante’s Manges lecture is available at:

http://copyright.gov/regstat/2013/regstat03202013.html

Source: Client Alert