Connectiv members have recently been receiving legal-sounding demands for payment from freelance writers. More specifically, they receive a “Dear Publisher” letter regarding a consolidated class action suit entitled “In re Literary Works in Electronic Databases Copyright Litigation,” located in the Southern District of New York. The mailing also contains an explanatory memorandum (dated November 16, 2015) from the Proskauer law firm, as well as a list of works that the member allegedly infringed.
On September 9, 2015, SIIA’s Senior Vice President for Public Policy, Mark MacCarthy hosted a Hill event with the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) to urge the immediate passage of patent reform legislation. SIIA strongly and vocally supports passage of the Innovation Act so that patent trolls can no longer use abusive litigation tactics to stifle innovation and growth of small and large businesses alike. Chairman Goodlatte reassured the audience that the patent bill would move to the House floor “soon.”