NMPA Statement on Department of Commerce IPTF White Paper on Remixes, First Sale & Statutory Damages

January 28, 2016

For Immediate Release: January 28, 2016
Media Contact: Charlotte Sellmyer

WASHINGTON, D.C. – NMPA President and CEO David Israelite released the following statement on the Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force White Paper on Remixes, First Sale, and Statutory Damages.

“After working with the USPTO extensively to prevent the creation of new compulsory licenses and exceptions for remixes, we are glad to see that the IPTF has agreed that these new regulations would be damaging to creators," said NMPA President & CEO David Israelite. "Additionally, we applaud the USPTO's decision not to support the radical expansion of the first sale doctrine to digital transmission, which could prevent music creators from being fairly compensated for the resale of their works.

“While we are concerned that the report’s recommendations on creating a framework to guide statutory damages could unnecessarily limit the proper damages awarded to rights holders, we are ultimately encouraged by the report’s findings and hope it leads policymakers to enhance protections for creators in the Digital Age.”

The White Paper can be found here.