Issue No. 499 - April 8, 2013

On Wednesday, April 24th, from 1 to 3 pm, the U.S. Copyright Office will host a Copyright Matters program in recognition of World Intellectual Property Day. The program will be held in historic Coolidge Auditorium on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and is free and open to the public. This year's theme, as announced by the World Intellectual Property Organization, is “Creativity: the Next Generation.”

The program will feature performances from members of the Nashville Songwriters Association International, including NSAI President Lee Thomas Miller (e.g., You’re Gonna Miss This, recorded by Trace Adkins), Jessi Alexander (e.g., The Climb, recorded by Miley Cyrus), and Brett James (Jesus Take the Wheel, recorded by Carrie Underwood). Register of Copyrights Maria A. Pallante will speak, as will James Pooley, Deputy Director General of the Innovation and Technology Sector of the World Intellectual Property Organization, and Teresa Rea, Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property. Filmmakers from the Copyright Alliance will also present.

World Intellectual Property Day, internationally observed on April 26th, marks the date in 1970 when the World Intellectual Property Organization (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.