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The 25th Anniversary of Feist: Copyrightable Subject Matter & Copyright Registration Practice
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Join Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property and our DC Chapter for a special event, "The 25th Anniversary of Feist Pubs. Inc., v. Rural Tel. Svc. Co., Inc., 499 U.S. 340 (1991): A Discussion of Copyrightable Subject Matter and Copyright Registration Practice," featuring a keynote address by Robert J. Kasunic, Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Registration Policy & Practice, U.S. Copyright Office.

4/6/2016
When: Wednesday, April 6, 2016
2:00pm-5:30pm
Where: American University Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW
Warren Building, Room NT01
Washington, District of Columbia  20016
United States
Contact: American University Washington College of Law Program on Information Justice & Intellectual Property
(202) 274-4075

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The Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property and the DC Chapter of the Copyright Society of the USA present


The 25th Anniversary of

Feist Pubs. Inc., v. Rural Tel. Svc. Co., Inc., 499 U.S. 340 (1991):


A Discussion of Copyrightable Subject Matter and Copyright Registration Practice

  

With a keynote address by

Robert J. Kasunic
Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Registration Policy & Practice
U.S. Copyright Office


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The United States Supreme Court decision Feist Publications, Inc. v. Rural Telephone Service Co. made clear that originality is a constitutional requirement for copyrightability and therefore registerability. Robert J. Kasunic will discuss copyright registration practice and the clarifying role that the newly-released Third Edition of the Compendium of Copyright Office Practices plays in articulating the legal limits on copyrightable subject matter. Subsequent panels will examine specialized topics in copyright law and registration policy, including a focus on software and a discussion of useful articles and copyright at the edges of developed law. Agenda below.

There will be a live webcast of this event, which will be available at http://www.pijip.org/copyright-registration-practice-with-robert-kasunic at the start of the event.

AGENDA

2:00        Introduction

2:15        Registration and the Compendium

    • Robert Kasunic, Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Registration Policy & Practice, U.S. Copyright Office

3:00        Software: Copyrightability and Registration

    • Terry Illardi, Copyright Counsel, IBM
    • Chris Mohr, Vice President for Intellectual Property and General Counsel, SIIA 
    • Moderator: Michael Carroll, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law

3:50        Coffee Break

4:05        Copyright at the Edges

    • Tom Kjellberg, Counsel, Cowan, Liebowitz, & Latman
    • Rebecca Tushnet, Professor of Law, Georgetown Law Center
    • Moderator: Peter Jaszi, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law

4:55        Open Discussion

5:30        Reception 

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