Congress is dipping its first cautious toe into what might be an ocean of legislative debate to comprehensively update and reform US copyright law. During a May 2013 hearing of the House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, legislators and witnesses identified the need to broadly investigate the fundamental principles underlying copyright law in light of the dramatic technological and economic changes that have occurred since copyright law's last major reform. The hearing took its cue (and its witness list) from a multiyear, non-governmental effort known as the Copyright Principles Project. The members of the project included academics, lawyers, and representatives from the content industry who worked for 3 years to engage in an open discussion and dialogue on the problems created by the impact of technology on copyright law.
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