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Broad coalition expresses concerns over patent quality

Dear Chairman Grassley, Ranking Member Feinstein, Chairman Lee, and Ranking Member Klobuchar: The undersigned organizations, representing healthcare providers, public health experts, people of faith, consumers, businesses, and taxpayers are …

Broad coalition of organizations and associations voice concern over CASE Act

Dear Congressmen Jeffries and Marino: The undersigned organizations and associations appreciate the challenges low-value infringement cases pose to individual artists. Unfortunately, the small claims system established by the CASE …

Letter: R Street and FreedomWorks urge USTR negotiators, Congress to consider digital objectives during NAFTA negotiations

Ambassador Lighthizer, Chairmen Brady and Hatch, and Ranking Members Neal and Wyden, Since its inception, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been an unqualified bipartisan success. Given …

A 21st century NAFTA must preserve copyright balance

The following op-ed was co-authored by R Street Associate Fellow Bill Watson.  The good news about the North American Free Trade Agreement is that it has fostered economic growth in Canada, Mexico …

Inter partes review as a means to improve patent quality

The attached policy short was published as a joint project with Public Knowledge. It was co-authored by Charles Duan, director of Public Knowledge's Patent Reform Project, and R Street …

Amicus brief on access to legal materials

Brief Of Sixty-Two Library Associations, Nonprofit Organizations, Legal Technology Companies, Former Senior Government Officials, Librarians, Innovators, And Professors Of Law As Amici Curiae In Support Of Defendant-Appellant American Society …

R Street and Freedomworks NAFTA Letter

  Ambassador Lighthizer, Chairman Brady and Ranking Member Neal, The purpose of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is, and should remain, to ensure free trade among the parties …

The 9 lives of Richard Posner

The following blog post was co-authored by R Street Senior Fellow Ian Adams. Love him or hate him, there is no disputing that Judge Richard A. Posner, who retired …

Coalition letter: Concerns about S. 1390, the STRONGER Patents Act of 2017

Dear Senator Coons, Senator Cotton, Senator Durbin and Senator Hirono: The undersigned write this letter to express serious concerns about S. 1390, the STRONGER Patents Act of 2017, which …

The secret roadmap of government spending

The following op-ed was co-authored by Daniel Schuman, policy director at Demand Progress. The novelty song “Istanbul, not Constantinople"—written on the 500th anniversary of the fall of the eponymous …

Trump’s ‘America first’ agenda requires reform at international trade agency

The following op-ed was co-authored by R Street Justice Policy Manager Christina Delgado. President Donald Trump’s campaign-trail rhetoric calling for an "America first" stance on trade helped propel him to …

27 Groups Propose Digital Best Practices for Congressional Budget Office

June 19, 2017 Dr. Keith Hall Congressional Budget Office Ford House Office Building, Fourth Floor Washington, DC 20515 Dear Dr. Hall: We, the undersigned organizations, write to express our appreciation of the Congressional Budget …

Setting the record straight on copyright modernization

There’s a lot to be said for the adage that "we shouldn’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good." While true in many situations, it also …

Senate should either fix or get off the pot on Copyright Office bill

The U.S. Senate is about to consider mostly pointless legislation that would make the nation's register of copyrights—the individual who heads the U.S. Copyright Office, officially a part …

Testimony to Senate Committee on Appropriations: Give public access to CRS reports

Dear members of the subcommittee: The following is a letter addressed to the chairmen and ranking members of the Joint Committee on the Library; the House and Senate legislative …

Letter: Support public access to legislative information

Dear members of the subcommittee: The following is a letter addressed to the chairmen and ranking members of the Joint Committee on the Library; the House and Senate legislative …

Letter: Give public access to Congressional Research Service reports

Dear Chairman Harper, Chairman Shelby, Chairman Yoder, Chairman Lankford, Ranking Member Brady, Ranking Member Klobuchar, Ranking Member Ryan, and Ranking Member Murphy: We write in support of expanded public access to …

25 former CRS employees: Give free public access to CRS reports

Dear Chairman Harper, Chairman Shelby, Chairman Yoder, Chairman Lankford, Ranking Member Brady, Ranking Member Klobuchar, Ranking Member Ryan, and Ranking Member Murphy: We are 25 former employees of the Congressional Research …

More than 80 orgs to Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs: Pass the OPEN Government Data Act

Dear Chairman Johnson and Ranking Member McCaskill, We, the undersigned businesses, industry groups, civil society organizations, and transparency advocates, write to express our strong support for the bipartisan Open, Permanent, …

More than 80 orgs to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Pass the OPEN Government Data Act

Dear Chairman Chaffetz and Ranking Member Cummings, We, the undersigned businesses, industry groups, civil society organizations, and transparency advocates, write to express our strong support for the bipartisan Open, Permanent, …

Moving Copyright Office authorities to executive branch could improve accountability

The following op-ed was co-authored by R Street Governance Policy Fellow Jarrett Dieterle. An obscure debate about whether the U.S. Copyright Office should be part of the executive branch …

Comments regarding the Energy & Commerce Committee’s hearing on “Deploying America’s 21st Century Infrastructure”

Dear Chairmen Walden & Blackburn, and Ranking Members Pallone & Doyle, We commend you and the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology for holding this hearing. Telecom policy is ripe …

R Street and CDT comments to the U.S. Copyright Office on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act safe harbor provisions

The Center for Democracy & Technology (“CDT”) and the R Street Institute (“R Street”) thank the Copyright Office for the opportunity to respond to its inquiry into the …

Does Congress have the technology it needs to govern?

During its first two centuries of operations, Congress conducted business the old fashion way: with paper and pencil and face-to-face. Over the past 25 years, however, the legislative …

R Street and FreedomWorks comments on Goodlatte & Conyers policy proposal of copyright review

Dear Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Member Conyers: FreedomWorks and the R Street Institute are pleased to submit the following comments on the Committee’s proposal to modernize and reform the …

Comments to the United States Patent and Trademark office on patent examination

R Street has joined The Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge, and Engine in submitting the attached comments to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, in response to …

Trump’s patent policy should put America first, not the patent lobby

The following op-ed was co-authored by Charles Duan, director of the Patent Reform Project at Public Knowledge. President Donald Trump campaigned on a platform to put America first and protect American …

20 groups support anti-SLAPP legislation in the Virginia General Assembly

Dear Members of the Virginia General Assembly: On behalf of the undersigned businesses, consumer organizations, think tanks and free speech advocates, we wish to express our support for SB …

The erosion of ownership in the digital age

When you buy a book from the store, no one doubts that you own it completely. You can take it home, write in its margins, lend it to …

R Street joins Public Knowledge, Electronic Frontier Foundation and others in filing amicus brief for Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc.

The many briefs in this case expound upon the effects of the patent exhaustion doctrine on various companies and groups. But there is one constituency that correctly claims …

R Street Panel: The expertise gap between Silicon Valley and Washington

It shouldn't be surprising that our elected representatives don't always understand new technology. Rather than being early adopters, most of them are at least a decade behind the …

Join us tonight for Le Hackie Awards

DC Legal Hackers hosts its third annual Le Hackie Awards tonight, an event to honor companies, organizations, legal hackers and the best legal hacks of 2016. For those not …

It’s time for SCOTUS to weigh in on digital fair use

The following op-ed was co-authored by Charles Duan, director of the Patent Reform Project at Public Knowledge. It's been almost 10 years since Stephanie Lenz was informed by Universal …

Kraft case a reminder that Congress should enact patent system reform

The U.S. Supreme Court announced earlier this month it will hear the appeal of a patent infringement case brought by Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC against zero-calorie sweetener …

R Street’s guide to policy events at SXSW 2017

In addition to its high-profile music and film festivals, Austin's South By Southwest (SXSW) also hosts one of the biggest annual gatherings of technologists, activists, government officials, entrepreneurs …

CBO confirms OPEN Government Data Act won’t cost taxpayers

The bicameral, bipartisan Open Public Electronic and Necessary ("OPEN") Government Data Act will not cost taxpayers a dime, according to new scoring analysis from the Congressional Budget Office. The …

Consumer Review Fairness Act heads to Obama’s desk

The U.S. Senate this week gave unanimous consent to H.R. 5111, the Consumer Review Fairness Act, legislation that would protect reputational information online. Having previously passed the House …

Letter: No ‘copyright coup’ at all in Washington

Casting Dr. Carla Hayden as a puppet of the tech industry or the library-industrial complex diminishes the obvious accomplishments that led her to become the first African-American and …

A jack of all trades

The following op-ed was co-authored by Aaron Perzanowski,  professor of law at Case Western Reserve University. When Google announced its new line of Pixel smartphones, it directed some not-so-subtle …

Why we need federal anti-SLAPP

Donald Trump has promised that if he becomes president, he’s going to “open up those libel laws so when The New York Times writes a hit piece we …

How pirates shaped the internet as we know it

Today is “International Talk like a Pirate Day.” While it’s a lot of fun to act like a pirate, drink rum and catch up on Errol Flynn movies, …

Musicians can’t always get what they want when politicians use their songs

It’s campaign season, which means politicians are stumping all around the country trying to win your vote. Candidates do this through a number of methods – television commercials, …

Louis Vuitton can’t take a joke

Charles Caleb Colton (and later, Oscar Wilde) is famous for the phrase, “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” In the world of trademark, such "flattery" happens often. …

Musicians’ brief in ‘Blurred Lines’ case: Overly broad copyright stifles creativity

A group of musicians that includes John Oates of Hall & Oates, Rivers Cuomo of Weezer and Rikki Rocket of Poison has filed an amicus brief in the …

The status quo for music licensing is far from perfect, but it works

The U.S. Justice Department last week concluded its multiyear review of consent decrees for the two largest performance rights organizations (PROs), the American Society of Composers (ASCAP) and …

Amicus brief for Impression Products v. Lexmark International

According to the patent exhaustion doctrine, once a patentee sells an article embodying the patented invention, “the patentee may not thereafter, by virtue of his patent, control the …

Transparency in music licensing and the statutory remedy problem

The modern conversation about music copyright has been shaped by the emergence of new digital business models. As these new markets for music open, one might expect the …

R Street’s primers on music-licensing laws, decisions and terminology

To aid legal, media and policy discussions about ongoing issues in the worlds of music licensing and copyright, R Street has prepared what we hope will prove a …

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