US Copyright Office to conduct review
During an AIPLA Annual Meeting luncheon keynote, US Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante said that the Copyright Office received a request from the Senate Judiciary Committee to research and provide information about copyright protection and software
The Committee asked the Office to look at how consumers can lawfully use products that are deeply integrated with copyrighted software.
Some other questions included whether and to what extent: 1) the design, distribution and legitimate use of products are being enabled or frustrated by copyright law to software within the products; 2) innovative services are being enabled or frustrated by copyright law as applied to these everyday products; and 3) legitimate interests and business models for copyright owners and users could be undermined or improved with changes to the copyright law.
The Committee also asked the Copyright Office to identify how copyright intersects with other areas of law and how it affects products that rely on software functions.