Intellectual Property

The Value of Brands and Reputation in the Global Marketplace

February 12, 2014 - 9:00am - 10:30am
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
1101 K St. NW
610A
Washington
DC
20005

Everyone understands the value of business brands for consumers and sales, but the evidence on the economy-wide implications of branding is limited. For example, how much do companies invest in branding relative to other tangible and intangible assets? In which ways are there markets for brands? How do branding choices affect the functioning of market competition? Read more »

Did Gawker Infringe Copyright? That's a Bingo!

January 30, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

When gossip websites like to play with Samurai swords, sometimes things go wrong. Last week, the entertainment website Gawker linked to the leaked draft script of Quentin Tarantino's proposed upcoming film, The Hateful Eight. Now, Tarantino is suing the site for copyright infringement, claiming they promoted the dissemination of unauthorized downloadable copies of the script. And while Gawker tries desperately to refute that by alleging that it was just publishing the news, in fact, it acted like most other online pirates, the site was entirely motivated by profit.

Kim DotCom Thinks You Are a MegaIdiot

January 6, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

In a recent 60 Minutes report, MegaUpload creator Kim DotCom defends his innocence against allegations of facilitating copyright piracy. As the DOJ evidence shows though, DotCom is more villainous than he wants you to believe.

Canada Must Protect Intellectual Property

January 6, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

On a number of measures, Canada is one of the leading nations in the world. On several, they lead the United States: Canadians are better educated, more physically fit, enjoy more social mobility, and have greater economic freedom. And yet, surprisingly, Canada has a long tradition of providing intellectual property (IP) protections on a level with that of the developing world.

ITIF Comments on Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Internet Economy

November 13, 2013
| Testimony and Filings

ITIF recommends that policymakers preserve statutory damages for large-scale infringement, allow the private sector to freely negotiate online licensing, and support multi-stakeholder dialogue on further cooperation for DMCA takedown requests. 

Balancing Innovation: Managing Current Needs with Future Success in Developing Countries

November 12, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

Failing to acknowledge and respect intellectual property puts future innovation in jeopardy, and it is critically important that we educate developing countries on the benefits of protecting IP before it has lasting effects on not just the global innovation economy, but their own individual innovation economies.

Industry Questions Canadian Courts’ Overturning Of Patents

IP Watch
Michelle Wein argues recent decisions by the Canadian courts reduce the effectiveness of the international patent system, inhibit innovation and reduce the distribution of life-saving medications.

The Evolution of Digital Content

October 29, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
1101 K Street, NW
610 A
Washington
DC
20005

The past few years have seen a surge in the availability of legal, digital content. Consumers today have more choices than ever in how they get online access to movies, TV shows, books, music and more. How will the market for digital content continue to change in the coming years?  What impact will these changes have on companies’ bottom line? Read more »

The Evolution of Digital Content

October 29, 2013
A discussion on the changing opportunities for consumers to access legal digital content.

The past few years have seen a surge in the availability of legal, digital content. Consumers today have more choices than ever in how they get online access to movies, TV shows, books, music and more. How will the market for digital content continue to change in the coming years?  What impact will these changes have on companies’ bottom line? And how will these changes ultimately impact consumers?

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The Digital Millennium Copyright Act turns 15

October 24, 2013
| Presentations

The Association for Competitive Technology hosted a panel discussion which assessed the DCMA’s history, the truths and misconceptions about what the law does (and what it doesn’t do), how it’s holding up after 15 years, and where Congress is looking to make amendments.

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