April 2019

Top 11 Copyright Myths and Misconceptions

1.- What is copyrightable and what is not?

Copyright protection exists in original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression, now known or later developed, from which they can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device.

Works of authorship include the following categories:

  • literary works;
  • musical works, including any accompanying words;
  • dramatic works, including any accompanying music;
  • pantomimes and choreographic works;
  • pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works;
  • motion pictures and other audiovisual works;
  • sound recordings; and
  • architectural works.

Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed. After all, copyright law doesn’t protect ideas, only the expression of the ideas.

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Voice Your Comments about CTPAT & the Trusted Trader Program!

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) provided a 60-day extension as part of their “Agency Information Collection Activities” requesting comments on the CTPAT and Trusted Program.

CBP will be submitting the information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). The PRA changed many aspects of Information Collection by the Federal government. requiring agencies to plan for the development of new collections of information and the extension of ongoing collections well in advance of sending proposals to OMB. Agencies must:

  • Seek public comment on proposed collections of information through “60-day notices” in the Federal Register;
  • Certify to OMB that efforts have been made to reduce the burden of the collection on small businesses, local government and other small entities, and
  • Have in place a process for independent review of information collection requests prior to submission to OMB.

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Comment Today! USTR Publishes Preliminary List of EU Products To Be Covered By Additional Duties. 

Until recently the Section 301 Tariffs have been associated with China deceptive practices. The USTR is now expanding Section 301 Tariffs to the European Union (EU).  As a result of the World Trade Organization (WTO) repeatedly finding that EU subsidies to Airbus have caused adverse effects to the United States; the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has launched a process under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 to identify products of the EU to which additional duties may be applied. These additional duties will be in effect from the dated published until the EU removes those subsidies.

USTR estimates the harm from the EU subsidies as $11 billion in trade each year. The final amount is expected to be issued summer of 2019.  “Our ultimate goal is to reach an agreement with the EU to end all WTO-inconsistent subsidies to large civil aircraft.  When the EU ends these harmful subsidies, the additional U.S. duties imposed in response can be lifted.” USTR’s determination will reflect with the outcome of the WTO dispute settlement proceedings should the findings show that the EU and certain member States have denied U.S. rights under the WTO Agreement. […]

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