Yesterday, the U.S. Copyright Office released a report titled "Software-Enabled Consumer Products."
The report follows a year-long process, during which
the Office studied how copyright law interacts
with software-enabled consumer products, from cars, to refrigerators,
to mobile phones, to thermostats and the like.
The report explores the various legal doctrines
that apply to this subset of software, which is increasingly
present in everyday life, including important copyright doctrines such
as fair use, merger,
scènes à faire,
first sale, and the section 117 exemptions. The report focuses on
specific issues raised in the public comments and hearings, including
how copyright law affects licensing, resale,
repair and tinkering, security research and interoperability.
Copyright Office's report found that current legal doctrines support a
wide range of legitimate uses of the embedded software in consumer
products while also recognizing the importance of
copyright protection to the creation and distribution of innovative
products. The report does not recommend legislative changes at this
The full report and executive summary are available on the Copyright Office's website at
These articles are some of the interesting articles dealing with ownership of copyright and patentable inventions produced by an AI machine ...
The issue of content regulation in China was mentioned in this blog last year . In the last few weeks, this issue has once again pushed into...
auDA has constituted a policy review panel to review virtually all domain name policies in Australia, as well as to recommend a policy to im...
At the end of last year, the Federal Court of Australia issued a judgment in against the Redbubble platform, in favour of Pokemon. The jud...