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Apps and Copyrights: To Register or Not to Register?

  • 2237 Rayburn House Office Building (map)

ACT | The App Association
in cooperation with
The House Intellectual Property Promotion and Piracy Prevention Caucus
“Apps and Copyrights: To Register or Not to Register?”

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Mobile app developers create software and content that is eligible for copyright protection. But do software developers actually register their works and use the resources of the Copyright Office as part of their business development? The answer for thousands of small software companies across the United States is likely no, despite the ability it gives them to enforce their rights against pirates.

We will discuss the issues app developers face when bringing a product to market and why many may not see the benefit in registering works with the Copyright Office. The complexity of the registration system, the burden of having to register each software update as a new work, and the unclear benefits of registering work may be hindering developer registration. However, this could change as the Copyright Office embarks on a modernization process, and Congress considers proposals that would update policies and procedures to greatly benefit small business copyright owners, like many mobile app developers.

The rapidly growing mobile app economy relies on strong intellectual property protection for its continued success. App developers often send “notice-and-takedown” requests to service providers as a primary means of enforcing their rights in the United States. This briefing will consider ideas on how to increase registration of copyright claims by app developers.

Join this Hill briefing to:

  -       Learn what issues discourage app developers from registering works with the Copyright Office,

  -       Hear from experts about the app development process, Copyright Office modernization efforts, and copyright policy, and

  -       Understand how Congress and the Copyright Office can modernize registration methods and policies to encourage greater engagement from stakeholders in the rapidly expanding mobile app economy.

Panel participants will include:

  -       Morgan Reed, President, ACT | The App Association (moderator)

  -       Robert J. Kasunic, Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Registration Policy and Practice, U.S. Copyright Office

  -       Keith Kupferschmid, President and Chief Executive Officer, Copyright Alliance

  -       Sebastian Holst, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, PreEmptive Solutions

This is a widely attended event and is open to the press. Lunch will be provided.