“We have a strange immigration policy for a nation of immigrants.”
Those were the words of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as he announced a new initiative started by leaders in the technology industry to promote comprehensive immigration reform. This week, Zuckerberg took his support for comprehensive immigration reform a big step further, recognizing that we need to reform our immigration policies so that all 11 million aspiring Americans have a roadmap to citizenship.
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has spoken – online original programming and traditional television programming are on a level playing field.
There’s been a tremendous amount of discussion about the allegedly negative effects of “patent trolls.” While this may or may not be a real issue it has attracted considerable attention, resulting in a significant amount of anti-patent rhetoric from some in Washington, including the highest levels of government. Unfortunately, this torrent of patent system bashing has done little in terms of proposing fair and balanced means of addressing the perceived problems while protecting true innovation. Worse, the one-sided patent dialogue has served to embolden companies, many of them foreign-based, that knowingly appropriate American innovation yet refuse to license technologies and patents under any circumstance.
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is holding hearings on an overhaul of the Copyright Act. Goodlatte is getting a lot of advice requiring considerable bureaucratic resources. It would be a missed opportunity to focus on the complex and not see the relatively simple reforms to better the lot of creators. Here’s a few ideas that not only could be quickly implemented but also could make a big difference in the lives of music artists and songwriters.