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Issue 539 - April 16, 2014 

NewsNet 539
April 16, 2014

Not to Be Missed: Filmmakers at World IP Day Program

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 www.copyright.gov/copyrightmatters.html.


April 11, 2014: Due date for filing requests to participate in “making available” public roundtable
April 23, 2014: World Intellectual Property Day celebration at Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

May 1, 2014: Effective date of new Copyright Office fee schedule

May 5, 2014: Public roundtable on “making available” study

May 16, 2014: Due date for comments on current state of the music licensing marketplace

May 21, 2014: New due date for comments on orphan works and mass digitization and responses to public roundtables

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