Join RightsTech for a Public Policy Forum on Developing the Digital Marketplace for Copyrighted Works

The U.S. Commerce Department’s Internet Policy Task Force will host its second public meeting on Developing the Digital Marketplace for Copyright Works on January 25th at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office in Alexandria, Va., just outside of Washington, DC.

The RightsTech Project has been advising the Department on the program and speakers for the meeting and will be participating in the event. RightsTech members are invited to contact Paul Sweeting ( to learn more about the event and potential speaking opportunities.

This month’s event is intended to build on the work of the December 2016 public meeting and facilitate constructive, cross-industry dialogue among stakeholders about ways to promote a more robust and collaborative online marketplace for copyrighted works.

The official announcement of the meeting can be found here, and the Federal Register notice about it, which provides additional background and details, can be found here.

As with the previous event, this year’s meeting will focus on issues such as media metadata standards, interoperability, digital registries, rights management and licensing automation, and the role of emerging technologies such as blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and artificial intelligence aimed at improving licensed access to copyrighted works.

One of the goals of the project is to examine and highlight ways in which government and government agencies can help foster and promote a vibrant digital ecosystem for copyrighted works. This year’s meeting will include discussion of various international data and licensing initiatives and the role that government’s played in starting and supporting them.

The meeting is open to the public and registration is free, on a first-come, first-served basis. Information on registering for the meeting can be found here.

The meeting will also be available via live webcast. The PTO will host live viewing events at its regional offices in Denver, Detroit, and San Jose.

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