[A2k] April 18 USPTO Public Meeting Re Consumer online transactions with copyrighted works

Manon Ress manon.ress at keionline.org
Thu Mar 23 12:03:03 PDT 2017

Consumer Messaging in Connection with Online Transactions Involving
Copyrighted Works

The Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force will host a public
meeting on Consumer Messaging in Connection with Online Transactions
Involving Copyrighted Works on April 18, 2017, at the U.S. Patent and
Trademark Office’s headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. The meeting will
be webcast, and members of the public will have opportunities to

In its January 2016 White Paper on Remix, First Sale, and Statutory
Damages, the Task Force concluded that when consumers download copies of
works (such as eBooks, music, and motion pictures), they do not appear to
have a clear understanding of what they can legally do with those copies.
It also determined that consumers may benefit from having more information
about the nature of their transactions related to copyrighted works
delivered online—including whether they are paying for access to content or
for ownership of a copy—to instill greater confidence and enhance
participation in the online marketplace.  The Task Force is therefore
convening this meeting to facilitate a dialogue about ways to improve
consumers’ understanding of license terms and restrictions in connection
with online transactions involving copyrighted works.

The meeting will focus on identifying what copyright-related terms and
conditions are important to communicate to consumers in the online

Some examples of possible terms include: ownership (i.e., whether ownership
is transferred); use restrictions (e.g., restrictions on copying, limits to
a certain number of viewings); and/or transfer conditions (e.g.,
restrictions on resale).  Moreover, the meeting will address alternatives
to the “buy” button for transactions that are not sales, as well as
possible best practices to inform consumers about the relevant terms
relating to intellectual property rights. The goal is to explore issues and
facilitate a discussion, and to determine in what ways government can be of

Federal Register Notice:
Additional details about the meeting are in a Federal Register Notice,
which was published on March 21, 2017.

Registration is free and is required to attend the meeting in person in
Alexandria. The meeting will be open to members of the public to attend,
space permitting, on a first-come, first-served basis.  Registration is
available online in advance of the meeting at the link below. Registration
may also be available on site on the day of the meeting, space permitting.
Persons who have pre-registered (and received confirmation) will have
seating held until 15 minutes before the program begins. Register to attend
(link is external).


The public meeting will be available for viewing via live webcast. The link
and instructions will be posted here in advance of the meeting.

A final agenda will be posted here no later than one week prior to the

Additional information:
The registration website (link is external) provides additional information
about directions and accommodations. For non-press inquiries, please
contact Linda Quigley (link sends e-mail), Attorney-Adviser, Office of
Policy and International Affairs (Copyright), USPTO.

Manon Ress, Ph.D.
Knowledge Ecology International, KEI
manon.ress at keionline.org, tel.: +1 202 332 2670

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