Copyright From an International Perspective

Michele Woods

September 21, 2009
Room 603 | 12:30

As part of International Week, PIJIP hosted a panel on international copyright.  Professors Michael Carroll and Peter Jaszi were joined by Michele Woods, Senior Counsel for Policy and International Affairs at the Office of Policy and International Affairs of the U.S. Copyright Office. They discussed the role of the Copyright Office in setting international policy, and current issues affecting copyright around the world.

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Click here for PIJIP Fellow Matilda Bilstein's description of the event.

Michele Woods is Senior Counsel for Policy and International Affairs at the United States Copyright Office.  Prior to joining the Copyright Office in March 2009, she was Counsel in the Intellectual Property and Technology group at Arnold & Porter LLP.  Ms. Woods has experience in a wide range of domestic and international copyright policy, legislative, litigation and counseling matters.  She has handled all levels of copyright enforcement and anti-piracy activities, including managing international enforcement efforts and coordinating and litigating enforcement cases in federal courts throughout the United States for clients including entertainment companies and sports leagues.

Before joining the Copyright Office, Ms. Woods appeared extensively before the United States Copyright Office, the Copyright Royalty Board, the former Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panels and Copyright Royalty Tribunal, and the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.  She also represented stakeholders at the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva.

Ms. Woods received her JD and LL.M in International and Comparative Law in 1990 from Duke University, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Duke International & Comparative Law Annual (1989-90). Since 2003, Ms. Woods has been an adjunct professor at the Catholic University School of Law, where she teaches an upper-level seminar on international intellectual property.

Peter Jaszi is faculty director of the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic and professor of law. He holds expertise in intellectual property and copyright law. He was Pauline Ruvle Moore Scholar in Public Law from 1981-82; Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Awardee in 1982; and he received the AU Faculty Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Development in 1996. He is a member of the Selden Society (state correspondent for Washington, D.C.). Previously he was a member of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. trustee, 1992-94; International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property; National Zoological Park, Washington, D.C., Animal Welfare Board, 1986-present; Library of Congress Advisory Committee on Copyright Registration and Deposit (ACCORD), 1993.

He has written many chapters, articles and monographs on copyright, intellectual property, technology and other issues. He was editor of The Construction of Authorship: Textual Appropriation in Law and Literature (with M. Woodmansee, Duke University Press, 1994) (also published as a law journal issue, 10 Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal 274, 1992). He is co-author of Legal Issues in Addict Diversion (Lexington Books, 1976) and Copyright Law, Third Edition (Matthew Bender & Co., 1994).

Michael W. Carroll teaches and writes about intellectual property law and cyberlaw, and directs the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at WCL. Prior to entering the academy, he served as a law clerk to Judge Judith W. Rogers, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and Judge Joyce Hens Green, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He practiced law at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Chicago.

Professor Carroll's research focuses on the search for balance in intellectual property law over time in the face of challenges posed by new technologies. He also acts on his ideas. He is a founding member of Creative Commons, Inc., a global organization that provides free, standardized copyright licenses to enable and to encourage legal sharing of creative and other copyrighted works. He also is on the sub-group of Board Members who advise the organization's Science Commons division and its education division, ccLearn.

Professor Carroll also is recognized as a leading advocate for open access over the Internet to the research that appears in scholarly and scientific journals. He has written white papers and has given numerous presentations to university faculty, administrators, and staff around the country on this issue.






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