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2006 LTA Symposium

2005 Symposium

"The 1996 WIPO Copyright Treaties: 10 Years Later"
cosponsored by the Frederick K Cox International Law Center

Friday, November 10, 2006 * Moot Courtroom A59 * WEBCAST available for viewing on demand after the event

The 1996 WIPO Copyright Treaties:  10 Years Later
In 1996, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) adopted two treaties pertaining to copyrights in the digital age – the Copyright Treaty, and the Performances and Phonograms Treaty.  As a result, legislatures from signatory countries, including the U.S., adopted various revisions to their copyright legislation.  In the U.S., this included the enactment of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act as well as attempts to draft legislation to protect proprietary interests in valuable commercial databases.  This year marks the 10th anniversary of the treaties.  The symposium will provide a 10-year retrospective on the legal and policy issues underlying the adoption of the treaties and the ramifications of the implementation of relevant treaty provisions into local law.  The symposium will include speakers from the U.S. and various other jurisdictions to compare legislative and judicial approaches to a number of issues arising under the WIPO treaties.

Symposium Chair
Professor Jacqueline Lipton, Co-Director, Center for Law, Technology, and the Arts, Associate Director, Frederick K Cox International Law Center

Center Directors and Symposium Co-Sponsors
Craig Allen Nard, Tom J.E. and Bette Lou Walker Professor of Law, Co-Director, Center for Law, Technology, and the Arts
Professor Raymond Ku, Co-Director, Center for Law, Technology, and the Arts
Professor Michael Scharf, Director, Frederick K Cox International Law Center

Welcome and Introduction
Professor Jacqueline Lipton, Symposium Chair
Professor Michael Scharf, Director, Frederick K. Cox International Law Center

"Copyright's Compromise"
Introduction by Dean Gary Simson, Joseph C. Hostetler-Baker & Hostetler Professor, Case School of Law
Speaker: Ruth Okediji, William L. Prosser Professor of Law, University of Minnesota

Panel 1: "The WIPO Copyright Treaties - Drafting, Policy, and Implementation"
David Vaver, Professor of Intellectual Property and IT Law, University of Oxford
 Lydia Loren, Professor & Acting Dean, Northwestern School of Law of Lewis &
Clark College
 Graeme Dinwoodie, Professor, Associate Dean, Director of the Program in IP Law
Chicago-Kent College of Law
 Mira Sundara Rajan, Canada Research Chair in Intellectual Property Law, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Panel 2: "The Copyright Treaties and Digital Rights Management"
Gwen Hinze, International Affairs Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation
 Joseph Liu, Professor, Boston College School of Law
 Andres Guadamuz, Professor, University of Edinburgh School of Law, AHRC
Research Centre for Studies in IP and IT Law
 Alain Strowel, Professor Faculties Universitaires Saint-Louis, Universite de Liege

Panel 3: "The Database Protection Debate"
Mark Davison, Professor and Associate Dean (Undergraduate Studies), Monash Law School, Monash University
 Marshall Leaffer, Distinguished Scholar in IP Law and University Fellow, Indiana
University School of Law-Bloomington
  Guido Westkamp, Senior Lecturer in IP Law, Queen Mary, University of London

Publication - The symposium will be published in Case Western Reserve Law Review Vol. 57, Issue 3 (Spring 2007). For single issue purchase info:

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