House Hearing Offers Opportunity to Combat Internet Piracy through Voluntary Measures
On Thursday, March 13, the House Judiciary Intellectual Property (IP) Subcommittee will conduct a hearing regarding the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's (DMCA's) "notice and takedown" provisions. It provides a critical opportunity for lawmakers to promote modernized, voluntary and much-needed initiatives to better execute the DMCA's objective of sustaining the most open Internet environment possible while also combating piracy and IP theft.
Congress passed the DMCA over 15 years ago to simultaneously allow the Internet to flourish while ensuring that the IP rights of creators would be safeguarded, and wrongdoing prevented and punished. The law's notice and takedown provisions established the procedures for aggrieved creators to alert service providers that illegal content was being…[more]
Back during the 2008 presidential election, Hillary Clinton and John McCain were both prone to criticizing Barack Obama’s lack of experience by saying that the presidency isn’t a position that lends itself to learning on the job. More than five years later, that’s the least of our concerns. Learning on the job would be a huge improvement for Obama.
Education, however, is not a priority for someone who thinks he already knows everything, which seems to be the default disposition of this president. When Obama came to office talking of a “reset” with Russia, a “new…
"Tuesday night's special election in Florida should be a serious scare for Democrats who worry that Obamacare will be a major burden for their party in 2014. Despite recruiting favored candidate Alex Sink, outspending Republicans, and utilizing turnout tools to help motivate reliable voters, Democrats still lost to Republican lobbyist David Jolly — and it wasn't particularly close. "The Republican…[more]
—Josh Kraushaar, National Journal Political Editor
— Josh Kraushaar, National Journal Political Editor