Update on World IP Day: Copyright Alliance Filmmakers Announced!
Issue No. 500 - April 15, 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.”

Copyright Alliance will present several filmmakers, including mother and daughter filmmaking team Gail Mooney and Erin Kelly, who will present and discuss their 2011 documentary, Opening Our Eyes, detailing their 99-day journey around the world to seek out and tell the story of nine ordinary people making a positive difference in the world.  Fourth-grade filmmaker Zachary Maxwell, who began making web videos in preschool and screening his works at film festivals at age eight, will also present and discuss his short film Yuck: A 4th Grader’s Short Documentary about School Lunch.

As previously announced, the program will also feature performances from members of the Nashville Songwriters Association International, including NSAI President Lee Thomas Miller (e.g., You’re Gonna Miss This, recorded byTrace Adkins), Jessi Alexander (e.g., The Climb, recorded byMiley Cyrus), and Brett James (e.g., Jesus Take the Wheel, recorded byCarrie Underwood)

Register of Copyrights Maria A. Pallante will offer remarks, 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. 

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.