World IP Day as Celebrated by the U.S. Copyright Office

US Copyright Office

Hosted by Maria Pallante, U.S. Register of Copyrights and Director of the U.S. Copyright Office, today was a day to listen and see for oneself just what copyright law means. Creators took the lead today to educate us about copyright law at the Library of Congress. Celebrations occurred for WIPO’s annual World Intellectual Property Day on 26 April 2013. This year’s theme is Creativity: The Next Generation.

Fifth Grade Filmmaker

With this theme in mind, Ms. Pallante handed a copyright registration certificate to fifth grader Zachary Maxwell. Zachary is a filmmaker or as he calls it “a story teller.” His most recent film is Yuck: A 4th Grader’s Short Documentary about School Lunch. Zachary told the crowd that he was going to snuggle with his certificate! He also thanked the U.S. Copyright Office for all their hard work in protecting his stuff. He registered the copyright in Yuck because it took him eight months to make his film and he didn’t want anyone using it without his permission.

Country Music Songwriters

Nashville songwriters and performers Brett James, Jessi Alexander and Lee Thomas Miller gave tremendous performances and each one chatted a bit about the career and struggles of a songwriter and the value of intellectual property.

Documentary Filmmakers

Mother and daughter team, Gail Mooney and Erin Kelly, shared their hard work in creating their 2011 documentary Opening Our Eyes, a 99-day journey around the world which tells the story of nine ordinary people making a difference in the world. As filmmakers, they have great respect for copyright and also ensure that they own the copyright in their projects.

Bob Goodlatte announced a comprehensive set of hearings to review U.S. copyright laws. Other speakers included James Pooley, WIPO; Teresa Rea, USPTO; Bart Herbison, National Songwriters Association; and Sandra Aistars, Copyright Alliance.

 

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