Copyright Matters Lecture Series

World Intellectual Property Day

Movies: A Global Passion

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
1:45p.m. - 3:45p.m. (ET)
Coolidge Auditorium
Library of Congress
Jefferson Building

Event Description

The U.S. Copyright Office will host a Copyright Matters program in connection with World Intellectual Property Day on Wednesday, April 23rd at 1:45 p.m. This year's theme, as announced by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), is “Movies: A Global Passion.”

As previously announced, the program will feature special remarks from Francis Gurry, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization, Geneva, Switzerland. As celebrated around the globe, World Intellectual Property Day (officially April 26) marks the date in 1970 when the World Intellectual Property Organization Convention came into force.

Partnering for the third year with the Copyright Office, the Copyright Alliance will present multi-award winning feature film and television director Matthew Harrison, who will discuss the creative process of film making. Harrison's feature film Rhythm Thief was awarded Special Jury Recognition for Directing at the Sundance Film Festival. Harrison was also a recipient of the Mystic Fire Independent Film Award and directed episodes of Sex and the City for HBO.

The Alliance will also present two-time Daytime Emmy Award-nominated actor Robert Newman, who will discuss the creative components of films and other audiovisual works. Newman is Vice President for Actors and Performers for the Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), which represents more than 165,000 media professionals including actors, stunt performers, and voiceover artists.

Film Scholar Mike Mashon will round out the program by discussing the historical and cultural importance of movies as well as the art and science of preserving them. Dr. Mashon is Head of the Moving Image Section at the Library of Congress and was previously its Curator of Moving Images.

The program will be held in the historic Coolidge Auditorium on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and is free and open to the public. For more information about the Copyright Matters series, please visit

About Copyright Matters Lecture Series

The Copyright Matters lecture series was founded by Register of Copyrights Maria A. Pallante in 2011 as a community forum to discuss the practical implications of copyright law in the 21st century and to provide education and training to the staff of the U.S. Copyright Office. Through the series, a wide range of invited speakers including Congressional leaders, authors, market experts, and legal scholars present topics of critical importance to the copyright debate. Lectures occur throughout the year at the historic Library of Congress and include discussions about authorship, copyright registration, marketplace investment, copyright enforcement, fair use, international norm setting, orphan works and other updates and revisions of copyright law for the digital age.