Upcoming SES Webinar: “Standards and Copyright Law: A Case Study

Looking forward to moderating an interesting and timely SES Webinar tomorrow (Wednesday 15 November) “Standards and Copyright Law: A Case Study” with Clark Silcox, General Counsel at the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA). This webinar will review some of the general principles of U.S. copyright law and discuss several specific cases in which copyright law was applied to consensus standards.

While most do not see it, standards are a part of so much of what we do and use.   Webinar is free for SES members and anyone else interested for $50USD – it will be worth it. Clark Silcox knows his stuff. Register Now!

STANDARDS AND COPYRIGHT LAW: A CASE STUDY, Presented by Clark Silcox, General Counsel at NEMA.   Wednesday, November 15th ||  1.00 -2:30 pm US_ET

Consensus standards developed through standards development organizations, consortia and other consensus bodies are typically published under claim of copyright in the name of the standards body.  Courts have recognized a protectable legal interest in copyright in these standards publications.  This webinar will review some of the general principles of U.S. copyright law and discuss several specific cases in which copyright law was applied to consensus standards.

The webinar will conclude with a discussion of the issue that is receiving the most attention today:  when consensus standards are merely referenced in a legislative enactment or a government regulation, does the referenced standards publication lose its protectable interest under copyright law?  The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia recently answered that question in the negative.  That ruling is now on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals, and will likely be decided in 2018.  The Executive Branch, through the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of the Federal Register, have also recently answered that question in the negative as well.  Register Now!