As part of the process toward updating American intellectual property policy and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the United States Senate Judiciary Committee held “The Role of Private Agreements and Existing Technology in Curbing Online Piracy,” a virtual hearing. This December 15 hearing was the last in its 2020 series of DMCA hearings.
Testifying before the Committee were a host of experts, including:
- Ms. Ruth Vitale, Chief Executive Officer, CreativeFuture
- Mr. Probir Mehta, Head of Global Intellectual Property and Trade Policy, Facebook, Inc.
- Mr. Mitch Glazier, Chairman and CEO, Recording Industry Association of America
- Mr. Joshua Lamel, Executive Director, Re:Create
- Ms. Katherine Oyama, Global Director of Business Public Policy, YouTube
- Mr. Keith Kupferschmid, Chief Executive Officer, Copyright Alliance
- Mr. Noah Becker, President and Co-Founder, AdRev
- Mr. Dean S. Marks, Executive Director and Legal Counsel, Coalition for Online Accountability
Why it matters
These hearings are providing valuable guidance toward updating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which is a foundation document for US policy regarding intellectual property. They are certain to inform the incoming presidential administration, as well as congressional committees that formulate policy.