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Commerce Dept Releases White Paper: ‘Remixes, First Sale, and Statutory Damages’

Last week, the USPTO and other Commerce Department agencies released a white paper detailing conclusions on the following topics:

1. the legal framework for the creation of remixes;
2. the relevance and scope of the “first sale doctrine” in the digital environment; and
3. the appropriate calibration of statutory damages in the contexts of individual file sharers and secondary liability for large-scale infringement.

Read the Copyright Alliance’s top-line summary. The full report can be found at the USPTO website.

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A2IM is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit trade organization headquartered in New York City that exists to support and strengthen the independent recorded music sector. Membership currently includes a broad coalition of more than 700 Independently-owned American music labels. A2IM represents these independently owned small and medium-sized enterprises’ (SMEs) interests in the marketplace, in the media, on Capitol Hill, and as part of the global music community. In doing so, it supports a key segment of America’s creative class that represents America’s diverse musical cultural heritage. Billboard Magazine identified the Independent music label sector as 37.32 percent of the music industry’s U.S. recorded music sales market in 2016 based on copyright ownership, making Independent labels collectively the largest music industry sector.

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