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outfit in NYC
The first panellist to speak was US Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante, who explained why US copyright needs to be updated. A few weeks ago, she indeed testified before the US House of Representatives on the need to reform copyright law and spoke about "the next great Copyright Act" (see 1709 Blog report here).
Current legislative framework is perceived as outdated: the Copyright Act was adopted in 1976 (but negotiated in the 1960s) and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is already a teen-ager, being 15-year-old. In particular, duration of copyright and the set of exceptions and limitations should be revised.
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on an early spring night
Following Pallante's presentation, Thomas Kjellberg discussed recent judicial developments, devoting particular attention - among other things - to the recent judgment of the Supreme Court in Kirtsaeng (see Kat posts here and here), and last week's ruling in ReDigi (see 1709 Blog post here). With particular regard to the outcome in the ReDigi case, Prof Ochoa observed (and this Kat fully agreed with him) that this ruling can be seen as a demonstration of what Pallante mentioned in her presentation, ie that US copyright is outdated.