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WIPO-CPIP Summer School on IP on June 8-19, 2020

CPIP has again partnered with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to host the third iteration of the WIPO-CPIP Summer School on Intellectual Property at Antonin Scalia Law School in Arlington, Virginia, on June 8-19, 2020. Registration is now open, and we recommend that participants apply early, as we expect the program to be full.

The course provides a unique opportunity for students, professionals, and government officials to work with leading experts to gain a deeper knowledge of IP to advance their careers. The course consists of lectures, case studies, simulation exercises, group discussions, and panel discussions on selected IP topics, with an orientation towards the interface between IP and other disciplines.


CPIP’s Sandra Aistars Files Amicus Brief with Supreme Court in Google v. Oracle

On February 19, 2020, CPIP Director of Copyright Research and Policy Sandra Aistars filed an amicus brief in the Google v. Oracle case that is currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. The brief was joined by eight other copyright scholars, including Stephen Carlisle, Jon Garon, Hugh Hansen, Devlin Hartline, Adam Mossoff, Chris Newman, Sean O’Connor, and Mark Schultz.

The brief argues: “Google’s position is not only contrary to the statute—it would actively discourage innovation by original authors with knowledge that their work can be exploited without due compensation. It also would discourage intermediary business models built around generating, promoting, monetizing, and publishing original works of authorship, e.g., publishing houses. This is not what the Constitution had in mind.”

To read the amicus brief, please click here.

CPIP Scholars Testify Before Senate IP Subcommittee at DMCA Hearing

On February 11, 2020, CPIP Director of Copyright Research and Policy Sandra Aistars and CPIP Senior Scholar Mark Schultz testified before Senate Subcommittee on Intellectual Property about the problems with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The hearing, entitled The Digital Millennium Copyright Act at 22: What Is It, Why Was it Enacted, and Where Are We Now?, is the first of ten such hearings that will evaluate the continued relevance of the DMCA.

The Subcommittee is chaired by Senator Thom Tillis, and he has indicated that the DMCA has not “stood the test of time” and that he intends to “craft new legislation to modernize the DMCA for today’s internet.”

Video from the hearing is available here, and you can download Prof. Aistars’ testimony here and Prof. Schultz’s testimony here. The hearing has been featured in several news articles, including at IPWatchdog, Law360, TorrentFreak, The Verge, and The Buchtelite.

IP Scholars File Comments with U.S. Trade Representative

On January 17, 2020, a group of intellectual property scholars, including Sandra Aistars, Devlin Hartline, Kevin Madigan, Adam Mossoff, Sean O’Connor, and Mark Schultz, filed comments with the U.S. Trade Representative in advance of its hearing to review the generalized system of preferences (GSP) eligibility of several countries.

The GSP program provides for the duty-free importation of designated articles into the U.S., and the U.S. Trade Representative is considering whether South Africa is meeting its eligibility criterion by providing adequate and effective protection of U.S. intellectual property rights. The comments submitted argue that South Africa’s copyright regime fails to adequately protect U.S. copyrighted works, and that proposed changes to its law that would greatly expand fair use and fair dealing would only exacerbate the problem.

To read the comments, please click here.