Why the DMCA is ready for the next chapter of innovation

Twenty years ago, the notion that most Americans would begin their morning by going online – checking their email, posting a personal update or photo, or completing an online purchase, all before finishing their morning coffee – was almost implausible. Today, more than a quarter of Americans report that they are online “almost constantly” with their always-connected phones and tablets. The Internet, and popular sites like Amazon, Facebook, OneDrive, Pinterest, Read more »

The role of copyright in software embedded in everyday devices

In 1976, as the U.S. Congress was in the midst of major overhaul of copyright law, it commissioned a thorough study of emerging uses of computers, recognizing the public benefit that would accrue from promise of widespread computing. That study ultimately led Congress to codify copyright protection for software, while also implementing several important exceptions to balance interests among consumers, creators and technology companies. Forty years later, this careful balance Read more »

An update on Microsoft’s efforts to reduce online piracy and improve search results

As both an intellectual property owner and the operator of our Bing search engine, Microsoft is uniquely positioned to assess the role of online platforms in helping to combat online piracy. Our experience demonstrates that effective online enforcement begins with the IP owner, who is best situated to identify and act on instances of infringement. Online platforms also play a role by providing tools and processes to aid intellectual property Read more »

Microsoft convenes panel on the relationship between consumers and copyright

On March 27, leading experts on copyright and innovation gathered at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C., to explore ways to promote consumer experiences, advance innovation and respect copyright. Over the last two decades, digital technology and the Internet have dramatically altered the ways in which content is created, distributed, accessed and enjoyed. As policymakers review copyright law and policies to assess what is working well and Read more »

The Week in Tech Policy: Sept. 10th Edition

In this edition of The Week in Tech Policy, we have stories on a new Pew Center study focused on mobile app privacy, the Federal Communications Commission’s plans to measure mobile broadband speeds and more. Pew Center study: app users are worried about privacy. A study released by the Pew Center on Sept. 5 indicates that “than half of mobile application users have uninstalled or avoided certain apps over privacy Read more »

Using Intelligence and Forensics to Protect Against Counterfeit Software

In the past year, tens of thousands of people have contacted Microsoft to complain that one or another third party had sold them software that turned out to be counterfeit. Many are angry at being cheated, but their even bigger problem is that counterfeit software may carry malware, spyware, or other viruses that can jeopardize their personal and financial information. To fight software counterfeiting, Microsoft has set up nine regional Read more »

A Welcome Change of Direction at the US Patent Office

I would like to commend USPTO Director David Kappos for the decision to rescind the proposed rules on continuation applications and claims originally published in the Federal Register in August 2007. In particular, I welcome the motivation behind the decision to ensure that patent rules are in place “that are responsive to its applicants’ needs and help bring their products and services to market.”  In that spirit we look forward to working Read more »

Global Challenges Await New Patent Office Director

Yesterday President Obama announced he intends to nominate David Kappos, vice president and assistant general counsel for intellectual property at IBM, to serve as Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  This is a huge job, managing a workforce of 9,000 employees and directing a central part of an intellectual property system that drives American innovation, economic growth and job creation. It would be difficult Read more »