Yesterday IPAT Clinic client Authors Alliance launched a beta version of their Copyright Termination of Transfer Tool as part of Open Access Week, together with Creative Commons. United States copyright law allows for authors to reclaim the copyrights to their works approximately thirty-five years after signing them over to someone else. Every day, numerous works become eligible to have their copyrights returned to the original authors, in a process called “termination of transfer.” Often these works have gone out of print or become hard to find, and so termination represents an opportunity to make countless works available that would otherwise languish in obscurity. But the provision that makes termination possible is extremely complicated, with harsh deadlines and difficult factual questions. With the Termination of Transfer Tool, Authors Alliance seeks to educate authors about how these provisions work. Take a minute to check out the public beta, and feel free to spread the word. Most importantly, please let us know what you think!
On May 25, IPAT participated in the United States Copyright Office’s Section 1201 Study roundtable in San Francisco, discussing ways in which the Office can improve the lengthy and burdensome DMCA rulemaking process. IPAT Clinic Director Jack Lerner appeared on behalf of the International Documentary Association, Film Independent and Kartemquin Educational Films, and advocated for the changes included in the Initial Comment that we submitted to the Register of Copyrights in March as part of the Office’s Section 1201 Study. He also addressed the further recommendations, clarifications, and responses to other initial commenters included in the Reply Comment that we submitted in April, in which the International Documentary Association, Film Independent and Kartemquin Educational Films were joined by Independent Filmmaker Project, Indie Caucus, The National Alliance For Media Arts and Culture, New Media Rights, and Women in Film & Video.
The Copyright Office staff asked many probing questions and, having participated in previous rulemaking proceedings, we appreciate the opportunity to share our insight and experience with them. You can read more about the Clinic’s efforts on behalf of the International Documentary Association, Film Independent, Kartemquin Educational Films, and many others to improve the Digital Millennium Copyright Act here.
Throughout the past year, we were privileged to represent Authors Alliance in seeking a DMCA exemption that preserves authors’ rights in the digital age. In this guest post on the Authors Alliance website, IPAT students Sasha Danielyan and Lauren Wong explain why the new rule is important and how we obtained it.
Thank you to the Orange County Bar Association for having us come to talk about the DMCA! We had a great time!
Join UCI Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic veterans Aleksander Danielyan and Mike Lee along with the Clinic’s Director Jack Lerner for this special lunchtime CLE presentation on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act organized by the Orange County Bar Association!
Here’s the description:
Join us as Professor Jack Lerner of the University of California, Irvine School of Law walks us through the DMCA’s anticircumvention provisions: what the new rules say, their implications for IP practitioners, and what they mean for the future of copyright in the digital age. As Director of the UCI Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic, Professor Lerner led two student teams that achieved landmark exemptions that affect documentary filmmakers and authors nationwide. Professor Lerner will be joined by Aleksander Danielyan, and Mike Lee, who worked on the exemptions as Certified Law Students and members of the UCI-IPAT Clinic.