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White Paper on Remixes, First Sale, and Statutory Damages

January 28, 2016

This White Paper by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force addresses important issues at the intersection of copyright law and Internet policy. It is the result of a comprehensive, multi-year review of three key topics: 1) the legal framework for the creation of remixes; 2) the relevance and scope of the first sale doctrine in the digital environment; and 3) the application of statutory damages in the context of individual file-sharers and secondary liability for large-scale online infringement.