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SIIA Commends Congress for Inquiry into the ALI’s Restatement of Copyright
WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 4, 2019) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal association for the software, information, and digital content industries, today commended Congress for their December 3 inquiry into the ALI’s restatement of copyright. Earlier today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Representatives Ben Cline (R-VA), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Martha Roby (R-AL) and Harley Rouda (D-CA), sent a letter to the American Law Institute expressing skepticism over their Restatement of Copyright project.
Chris Mohr, SIIA’s VP for Intellectual Property and General Counsel, issued the following statement:
“SIIA is grateful to these members for examining the ALI’s activities. Restatements of the law are useful in the proper context: when a body of neutral experts synthesizes black-letter rules from decades of common law in areas like torts or contract. Here, Congress has provided the black letter, reviews it regularly, and amends it every few years. A ‘Restatement’ of a statute that evolves in response to changing technology is entirely inappropriate.”
SIIA is not alone in this view. Other parts of the federal government including the Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. Copyright Office, bar groups, and many in the copyright community have expressed concerns over the propriety of a potential Restatement of Copyright. Now that bipartisan members of Congress from the relevant committees of jurisdiction have weighed in, we hope that the ALI will reconsider the utility of moving forward with this project.
SIIA is an umbrella association that represents constituencies from technology, data and media companies. Through in-person and online business development opportunities, peer networking, corporate education, intellectual property protection and government relations, SIIA provides a network of resources for its 800+ member companies that drive innovation and growth. For more information, visit www.siia.net.