World Intellectual Property Day 2017: Innovation — Improving Lives

Celebrate World IP Day 2017 at the Copyright Office

The U.S. Copyright Office hosted a program in recognition of World Intellectual Property Day on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. This year's theme, as announced by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), is “Innovation — Improving Lives.”

This program featured remarks and panel discussions focusing on the impact of creative works and performances on the lives of both creators and the public. In partnership with the Copyright Alliance, this Copyright Office program included a panel discussion featuring Steve Bogard (writer of ten number one country songs, member of Nashville Songwriters Association International) and Jason King (musician, performer, journalist, scholar). The panel was moderated by Eric Schwartz (partner, Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp LLP).

Introductory remarks were made by Karyn Temple , Acting Register of Copyrights, Doug Collins, Member of the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives, and Keith Kupferschmid, Chief Executive Officer of the Copyright Alliance.

To show the importance of recording technology as a tool of creativity, this program also included excerpts from the eight-part series, Soundbreaking: Stories From the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music.

Free and open to the public, this program was held in the historic Coolidge Auditorium of the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, located at 10 First Street SE, Washington, DC., starting at 10:30 am. A video of portions of this event is available at the above tab. World Intellectual Property Day, observed on April 26th since 2000, marks the date in 1970 when the WIPO Convention came in to force. The anniversary of this occasion is observed as a way of promoting and increasing general understanding of intellectual property.

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