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Panel Discussion: The Future of Section 108 of the Copyright Act
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When: April 11, 2018 (Wednesday)
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
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George Washington University School of Law
2000 H St NW
Washington, District of Columbia  20052
United States
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Contact: John Riley

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Panel Discussion: The Future of Section 108  of the Copyright Act



The Washington, DC chapter of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. is proud to announce a panel discussion on the future of section 108 of the Copyright Act.  Section 108 establishes exceptions for libraries and archives so that they can fulfill their missions of research, preservation, and access to creative works, but it has not been comprehensively updated since its enactment in 1976.  In 2017 the U.S. Copyright Office issued a “Section 108 Discussion Document,” in which it proposed new statutory language for section 108 so that its exceptions can usefully address digital media and technologies.  This panel discussion will address several topics raised in the Discussion Document, including off-site access to preservation copies, the fair use savings clause, and criteria for eligibility.  Panelists have all been involved for years in section 108 reform discussions, and represent librarians, publishers, archives, and academia.  Chris Weston, Counsel for Policy and International Affairs at the U.S. Copyright Office, and primary author of the Discussion Document, will moderate. 


Chris Weston is counsel in the Office of Policy and International Affairs of the U.S. Copyright Office.  Chris has many years of domestic copyright law and policy experience, including authoring the Office’s 2017 Discussion Document on the section 108 exceptions for libraries and archives, and co-authoring Office studies on pre-1972 sound recordings and orphan works and mass digitization.  He has also worked extensively on joint Copyright Office-Library of Congress projects.  His international portfolio includes South America and the European Union.  Chris joined the Copyright Office in 2008, after working at the Library of Congress, primarily with the Section 108 Study Group.  He graduated cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2001, and has a B.A. from Wesleyan University.  Prior to his legal career he spent six years in the music industry.





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June M. Besek is the Executive Director of the Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts and a Lecturer at Columbia Law School in New York, where her research and teaching focus on copyright and related rights.  Ms. Besek is the author of many articles and studies on copyright law issues. She currently serves on Council and on the Copyright Reform Task Force for the ABA’s Intellectual Property Law Section, and is a former chair of the Section’s Copyright Division. She serves on the board of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, New York, the Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts and Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. She earned her law degree from New York University School of Law and her undergraduate degree, in economics, from Yale University. 





Since 2015, Sofia Castillo has been Staff Attorney at the Association of American Publishers where she helps shape the publishing industry’s legislative and litigation strategies on matters of copyright and freedom of expression. Before that, Sofia was a Legal Fellow at the Copyright Alliance and a Law Clerk at the U.S. Copyright Office. Sofia completed her B.A. in Anthropology and International Development at Trent University in Canada, her M.A. in Latin American Studies at Stanford University, and her J.D. at American University, Washington College of Law.






Greg Cram is the Associate Director of Copyright and Information Policy at The New York Public Library. Greg endeavors to make the Library’s collections broadly available to researchers and the public. He is responsible for developing and implementing policies and practices around the use of the Library’s collections, both online and in the Library’s physical spaces. Greg has helped steer projects through a maze of complex intellectual property issues, including the release of more than 230,000 high-resolution images of public domain collection items. Greg has represented the Library in advocating for better copyright policy and has testified before Congress and the United States Copyright Office.

Before joining the Library in 2011, Greg served as the copyright clearance consultant to Leadership Team Development, a business support company that organizes thousands of meetings, seminars and conferences. He also worked as a licensing associate at Sanctuary Records, a large independent record label. He is a graduate of Boston University and The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He is a licensed attorney in New York and Massachusetts.

Peter Hirtle is an Alumni Fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.  Until his retirement from Cornell University in 2015, he served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Cornell University Library with a special mandate to address intellectual property issues.  Previously at Cornell, Hirtle served as Director of the Cornell Institute for Digital Collections and as the Associate Editor of D-Lib Magazine.  He is an archivist by training with an MA in History from Johns Hopkins and an MLS with a concentration in archival science from the University of Maryland.  Hirtle is a Fellow and Past President of the Society of American Archivists and is a member of its Working Group on Intellectual Property. 







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