Meeting of the Minds

Next Up in Copyright

Jay A. Rosenthal and Rachael A. Stelly

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Last year marked the end of phase one of the House Judiciary Com- mittee’s comprehensive review of United States copyright law announced by Chairman Bob Goodlatte in 2013.1 Over the course of the past two years, the House Judiciary Committee held 20 substantive hearings on everything from intermediary liability to reforming statutory damages.2 At the conclusion of the hearings last spring, the committee traveled the country, holding meetings in Silicon Valley and Nashville, Tennessee, to “hear directly from the creators and innovators about the challenges they face in their creative fields and what changes are needed to ensure U.S. copyright law keeps pace with technological advances.”3 This review engaged stakeholders in order to identify what areas of the law are working and what areas of copyright law are significantly lagging behind the digital world we live in today.

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