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Reps. Goodlatte and Conyers Introduce Bill to Increase Accountability in U.S. Copyright Office
Monday, March 27, 2017 2:42 pm | By Elizabeth McKee

Representatives Bob Goodlatte and John Conyers introduced a bill in the House of Representatives today that would increase transparency and Congressional oversight in the U.S. Copyright Office. The Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act would change the selection process for the head of the U.S. Copyright Office, requiring that the Register of Copyrights be appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The term of limits for the Register would be limited to 10 years, with the possibility of renewal by the president. 

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How Bitcoin is Revolutionizing IP Protection
Thursday, March 23, 2017 3:04 pm | By Elizabeth McKee

States and security firms are engaged in a digital war against content pirates. Historically, advances in file-sharing technology have created new mechanisms for content piracy, allowing 141 billion users to frequent pirate sites every year. However, IP enforcement technology may be catching up with that of pirates. Some cybersecurity firms are using Bitcoin’s blockchain technology to monitor and reduce digital piracy.

Bitcoin’s blockchain is a shared public ledger that tracks every transaction made using the digital currency. Bitcoin wallets use this ledger to calculate the balance of each user’s account, making the integrity of the blockchain valuable. Currently, one bitcoin is worth over $1,000 precisely because hackers remain unable to manipulate the blockchain.

 

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The 115th Congress and the White House Should Support Strong Intellectual Property
Friday, March 10, 2017 11:24 am | By Lorenzo Montanari

 A new Congress and White House represents a time of opportunity for America. The United States is the global leader in entrepreneurship, creativity, and innovation, and strong intellectual property rights are integral to this continued success. Property Rights Alliance, Americans for Tax Reform and Digital Liberty, along with more than 60 bi-partisan state and national organizations, have authored an open coalition letter to members of Congress with guidelines to consider in regards to intellectual property rights. Our organizations not only engage in research and educational initiatives in intellectual property, but also represent millions of Americans through state and national advocacy.

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