Commerce Department Opens Debate on Copyright in Digital Economy

The newly released report by the Department of Commerce’s Internet Task Force, “COPYRIGHT POLICY, CREATIVITY, AND INNOVATION IN THE DIGITAL ECONOMY,” is the starting point for a round of public discussions on the protection of copyrights in the digital age.  While some press reports have raised concerns over reviving SOPA’s criminalizing the streaming of copyright works (upgrading to a felony), the report also calls for reevaluating the role of statutory damages in individual infringement cases given the outrageous penalties imposed on individual infringers in some cases.  The report also has received credit for its embrace of fair use, promoting licensing reforms and examining the treatment of remixes.