"The Department of Commerce has played an instrumental role in the development of policies that have helped digital commerce flourish," U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said. "These policies explicitly recognize the legitimate rights and expectations of those whose creation and distribution of digital works strengthen our economy, expand our exports, and create jobs in America. Our ongoing challenge and commitment is to align the flexibility needed for innovation in the Internet economy with effective means of protecting copyrighted works that are accessible online."
DOC has issued a Federal Register notice detailing its request for comments. Input from all stakeholders will be accepted until November 19, 2010. Written comments may be submitted by mail to the Office of Policy Analysis and Development, NTIA, U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 4725, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230. Online submissions in electronic form may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions may be in any of the following formats: HTML, ASCII, Word, rtf, or pdf.
After analyzing the comments submitted in response to this Notice, the Internet Policy Task Force intends to issue a report that will contribute to the Administration's domestic policy and international engagement in the area of online copyright protection and innovation.
The mission of the Internet Policy Task Force is to identify key public policy and operational challenges in the Internet environment. The Task Force leverages expertise across many bureaus at the DOC, including those responsible for domestic and international information and communications technology policy, international trade, cybersecurity standards and best practices, intellectual property, business advocacy, and export control.
This call for comments is part of a series of inquiries from the Task Force; similar reviews of privacy, cybersecurity, and global free flow of information on the Internet are available on the Task Force website.