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Intellectual Property

As MPA members continue to move into a broader array of distribution platforms, protection of intellectual property is of ever increasing importance.

Over the last decade, there has been a dramatic increase in the abusive actions of patent assertion entities (PAEs). These entities, also known as patent trolls, have gone after a wide swath of US industries, by threatening legal action in an attempt to leverage quick settlements. Patent troll...

In a surprising development, and despite nearly a year of work, shortly before a scheduled Committee markup, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy (D-VT) pulled bipartisan patent reform legislation from the agenda, saying that there was “not sufficient support behind any comprehensive deal...
Congress’ ongoing, comprehensive review of copyright law continued to move forward in the last half of 2013, and an impressive schedule has been set for 2014...
On December 5th, H.R. 3309, The Innovation Act, passed in the House by an overwhelming majority. The bill is aimed at curbing the abusive tactics of “patent trolls” – companies that acquire the rights to patents for the express purpose of attempting to collect licensing fees from accused...
After nearly two years of quiet on the copyright front, following the major battle over the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), Congress is once again starting to talk about copyright and its evolution in the digital age. On March 20, the Register of Copyrights testified before a House Judiciary...
In October, the Copyright Office issued a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) relating to the subject of orphan works – an original work of authorship for which a good faith prospective user cannot readily identify and/or locate the copyright owner in a situation where permission for use is necessary...
As required by the 2008 PRO-IP Act, legislation supported by MPA, the White House is in the process of updating its two-year old strategic plan to protect intellectual property, an action that must be completed by the end of the year...
The start of April brought with it the close of the application window in the first round of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) process for approving new generic Top Level Domains (gTLD). Since the opening of the window for new gTLDs in January, ICANN, which oversees...
With the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) rolling out its new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) program this month, a new coalition – Coalition for Responsible Domain Oversight (CRIDO) – continues efforts to try to force ICANN to delay or abandon the gTLD program.
Legislation aimed at fighting online piracy and counterfeiting on “rogue” websites continues to advance, creating a global outpouring of opinion, and pitting two powerful industries against each other.