The Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force is holding sessions on improving the digital marketplace for copyrighted works at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The sessions are open to all and available via webcast. The next meeting is January 25, 2018. Here is a description of the meetings and future agenda:
Topics likely to be covered include: (1) initiatives to advance the digital content marketplace, with a focus on standards, interoperability, and digital registries and database initiatives to track ownership and usage rights and facilitate licensing; (2) innovative technologies (e.g. blockchain, artificial intelligence) designed to improve the ways consumers access and use photos, film, music, text, and other types of digital content; (3) international initiatives, including the role of government in facilitating such initiatives and technological development. Members of the public will have opportunities to participate at the meeting.
In the previous public meetings, the Task Force heard from stakeholders that the government can play a useful role by facilitating dialogues between and among industry sectors. Based on this feedback, the Task Force has organized this meeting to build on the work of the December 2016 meeting and facilitate constructive, cross-industry dialogue among stakeholders about ways to promote a more robust and collaborative online marketplace for copyrighted works.
I think wide participation from stakeholders from around the world is welcome. The distribution of content on the Internet is changing soon.
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