Firm partner advocates for artists at Copyright Office policy reform panel

July 30, 2014  Partner David Given participated in a roundtable discussion on remixes hosted by the Copyright Office and the Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force at the University of California Berkeley’s School of Law (Boalt Hall). The discussion was the final in a series of four roundtables (earlier roundtables were hosted at Vanderbilt, Harvard, and Loyola law schools) which emerged from a Green Paper designed to elicit discussion surrounding whether the current legal framework for the creation of remixes unacceptably impedes such remixing. Among the panelists offering their perspectives were lawyers, law professors, academics, artists, and industry and non-profit representatives. As a tireless advocate for nearly 25 years on behalf of creators, David discussed, among other issues, the need to preserve artists’ ability to say “no” to uses of their copyrighted works, the functionality of the current system for those artists and their representatives, and the imperative role that factual, academic research must play in determining what policy changes, if any, are necessary.