Lawyers Urge Sweeping Overhaul of Copyright Law

April 30, 2013

​Andrew Bridges, a partner Fenwick’s copyright litigation group, is quoted in a Law360 article titled “Lawyers Urge Sweeping Overhaul of Copyright Law” on Congress's plan for a comprehensive review of copyright law.

"It is absolutely time for a significant assessment of copyright law and policy,” he tells Law360.

In the article, Bridges “praises” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte’s announcement that he intends to hold a series of hearings to ensure that current copyright law is in line with advances in technology since the enactment of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in 1998.

Bridges is paraphrased saying that "[he is] concerned that many of the issues identified by lawmakers and the U.S. Copyright Office tilted toward more aggressive enforcement of copyright law and promoting the interests of the entertainment industry, rather than examining the tech sector's side.”

"We need to have members of Congress that actually understand copyright law and study the issues in a balanced fashion," he said.

Bridges says that Congress should also consider the statutory damages for copyright infringement, which he calls "vastly more draconian than any country in the world."

The full article is available through the Law360 website (subscription required).​