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Issue 538 - April 10, 2014 

Movies: A Global Passion

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

The program will feature remarks from Francis Gurry, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization, and presentations about the many creative components of film and other audiovisual works from members of the Copyright Alliance. The Copyright Alliance is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest and educational organization representing artists, creators, and innovators across the spectrum of copyright.

World Intellectual Property Day, internationally observed on April 26, marks the date in 1970 when the World Intellectual Property Organization Convention came into force. The anniversary of this occasion is observed as a way of promoting and increasing general understanding of intellectual property.

The program will be held in historic Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and is free and open to the public.

Calendar

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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