With a new administration and a Democratic Congress, now is the time to overhaul copyright law, advocates for reform said Feb. 11 — but the complex nature of the issue makes copyright legislation nearly as unrealistic as ever, CNET reports. Representatives of songwriters and the recording industry faced off against open internet advocates at the Future of Music Coalition’s Policy Day in Washington, D.C., demonstrating the entrenched divisions that remain within Democratic constituencies over copyright issues. While the public interest group Public Knowledge disputed the meaning of "net neutrality" with the Recording Industry Association of America, the Songwriters Guild of America butted heads with YouTube over how to ensure that songwriters receive royalties for online videos. "We’ve been having these same issues for 10 years now, and we can never get attention because of the complexity of the situation," said Zahavah Levine, chief counsel for YouTube. Despite all the disagreement, the climate in Washington might finally be right for copyright and intellectual property reform. The House Judiciary Committee this year elevated intellectual property issues from the jurisdiction of a subcommittee to the full committee because of increased interest in the matter…

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