Most people are unaware but the Copyright Office is located in the Library of Congress and the Register of Copyright is appointed by Librarian of Congress, who approves all regulations issued by the Copyright Office and oversees the budget. This arrangement stems from the deposit arrangement that publishers have with the Copyright Office and allows the Library easy access to the books. This arrangement worked during the 19th Century but is out of step with the scope of the Copyright Office and the complexity of copyright law.
To remedy the situation, the House of Representatives voted in favor of H.R.1695 in April which will make the Register of Copyrights a Presidential appointee, confirmed by the Senate, and creating a panel of Congressional leaders who would recommend at least three qualified candidates for the President to choose from. The Senate issued a mirror bill days later, which is also expected to pass.
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Elsevier, a large scientific American publisher, won a $15 million default judgement for copyright infringement against Sci-Hub and the Library of Genesis, two pirate websites that offer free downloads of tens of millions of scientific papers and books.
Alexandra Elbakyan, founder of Sci-Hub, did not appear at the trial which was in New York City. However, she sent a letter to the court stating her reasons for launching the website in 2011. While studying at a University in Kazakhstan she needed access to hundreds of scientific papers and could not afford to pay for them.
Sci-Hub connects to a database of stolen papers. If a user requests a paper in that database, Sci-Hub serves it up. If the paper is not there, Sci-Hub uses library passwords it has collected to find the paper, provides it to the searcher, and then adds it to the database.
To date, Elbakyan has made an estimated 50 million scholarly articles available on Sci-Hub. Many academics, university librarians and longtime advocates for open scholarly research are closely following her efforts. Both Sci-Hub and Library of Genesis are based in Russia.
For those of you who follow my blog and who wish to attend the 19th Annual Anti-Counterfeiting & Brand Protection Summit this September 27th-29th in New York, New York, I am pleased to present to you with a discount to the Summit. See attached agenda I look forward to seeing everyone in September. The location will be announced shortly.
I will be a panelist at the IQPC 19th Anti-Counterfeiting & Brand Protection Summit in New York City, September 27-29th.
The Theme is: Take Action Against Counterfeiting, Enforce IP and Protect Your Brand.
You’ll be seeubg something new if you travel through any one of six United States International Airports this summer.
“The Truth Behind the Counterfeits” is a consumer awareness campaign launched by The U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which last year seized more than $1.3 billion in counterfeit goods, that will run through the end of July.
The six airports are: Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport; Chicago O’Hare International Airport; Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport; Los Angeles International Airport; New York John F. Kennedy International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport.
“CBP is committed to protecting consumers and enforcing U.S. trade laws, and this campaign will help raise awareness and educate the traveling public about the dangers of purchasing counterfeit goods,” said Brenda Smith, Executive Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Trade. “Not only do counterfeits damage the American economy, such goods can threaten the health and safety of consumers.”
Digital ads will also be displayed on travel websites to augment the physical ads in the airports.
Operation Team Player is a continuing year round investigation conducted by NFL Properties and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other law enforcement agencies to combat the problem of counterfeit sports apparel, fake tickets and web sites selling fake sports apparel. The investigations culminate in February during the Super Bowl weekend when illegal sales activity is highest.
In February, 2017 at the conclusion of Superbowl 51 Homeland Security investigations resulted in the seizure of over 260,000 counterfeit sports related items worth an estimated $20 million. Fifty-six persons were arrested, leading to fifty convictions.
The results in 2016 were equally impressive. With the seizures of 450,000 counterfeit sports-related items worth an estimated $39 million, including counterfeit tickets (see video below).
I just returned from delivering a talk at PirateCon 2017 in Boston on an article to be published in Men’s Health Magazine, “The World’s Most Counterfeited Prescription Drug.” The drug is Viagra, which is purchased on mass through rogue Internet pharmacies and delivered through the mail. This talk coincided with a convention held earlier in Washington, D.C. at the National Press Club on the growing threat from imported pharmaceuticals (see YouTube video).
This is a really good video taken at Radio City Music Hall on 12/25/2016. Selling counterfeit apparel on the streets is always brisk at Christmas time. Fakes sold on the streets costs NYC upwards of $1 billion a year. A few years ago NYC proposed fining consumers who were caught buying fakes on the street (see video below). The law was never passed.
The results of Operation Action against Counterfeit and Illicit Medicines (ACIM) were reviewed in January, 2017 in Paris by the International Institute of Research Against Counterfeit Medicines (IRACM) and the World Customs Organization (WCO). By any accounts, ACIM was a huge success and resulted in record seizures of 113 million illicit and dangerous pharmaceutical products, all of which took place during a two-week period in September, 2016.
The problem of counterfeit pharmaceuticals in the developing countries is huge. ACIM mobilized customs administrations in 16 African countries to inspect and identify pharmaceuticals and drugs posing a dangerous threat to the local populations in 16 African countries to inspect simultaneously, in the main ports on the continent, cargoes identified as likely to contain illicit or counterfeit pharmaceutical products. 243 containers were inspected, of which 150 contained fakes. Most treatments were: antimalarial drugs, anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, and analgesics, as well as gastro-intestinal medicines. Also seized were 13 million health supplements and 5,000 medical devices. The main countries of origin were China and India.
It’s the next big thing: selling used clothes online by consignment. Many used designer sneakers are being sold on consignment. No wonder sales of apparel in retail malls across the country are on the downswing.
Check out this Youtube video from fashionista Hayley Segar.
Why donate clothes to the Goodwill when you can sell them online on sites like Poshmark and ThredUp, where some teens are making big $$$ and others are launching careers as fashion designers. Check out this Podcast from the WSJ.
Are online stores an avenue for counterfeit apparel? There’s no easy answer.
Sites like Poshmark have a prohibited items policy that includes counterfeit apparel