April 6: Special 301 and the Enforcement Agenda: Competing Perspectives on U.S. Intellectual Property and Trade Policy

Trade and intellectual property law converged in the World Trade Organization’s path-breaking agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (1994). Since then, a dominant direction of U.S. foreign policy has been to advocate for foreign countries to adopt increasingly higher standards of intellectual property protection and enforcement, including in the recently negotiated Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and in the current negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). There is debate within U.S. technology and media industries, however, about how far this trend should continue, and whether it will impair important U.S. commercial interests.

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April 15 - Creative License: Exploring the Music Sampling Marketplace

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Professor Peter DiCola from Northwestern University Law School will give a lecture and multimedia presentation regarding his recently published book Creative License: The Law and Culture of Digital Sampling. Professor DiCola's lecture will be followed by comments from Professor Patricia Aufderheide of the American University Center for Social Media, Professor Peter Jaszi of the American University Washington College of Law, and Jay Rosenthal of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA).

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Global Congress on Public Interest Intellectual Property Law

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American University Washington College of Law (WCL) will host the first annual Global Congress on Public Interest Intellectual Property August 25-27, 2011. The Global Congress will be co-hosted by WCL’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, Fundação Getulio Vargas’s Center for Technology and Society (Brazil), the American Assembly at Columbia University, the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (Geneva), and the Institute for Global and International Studies at George Washington University.

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March 30th - LL.M - Law & Government Open House

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Meet with faculty and staff and tour the facilities. Faculty from many of our 13 specializations, including Intellectual Property, will be on hand to speak one-on-one with interested students.

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March 16 - How Internet Aggregators are Affecting Journalism and What (If Any) Legal Tools are Needed to Support the Industry

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The Internet is rapidly changing the business model for traditional print media companies that invest heavily in creating original journalism. This had led to calls for better legal protections for online content, which is often repackaged without permission by aggregators like Google as well as by individual bloggers. But many others believe that “information should be free” and that traditional media companies must adapt accordingly. Register at http://tinyurl.com/pijipReg Sponsored by the Communications and Media Law Society and PIJIP.

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March 15th - Who Owns My Data?: Privacy Regulations and the 1st Amendment

In Sorrell v. IMS Health, Inc., the Supreme Court is faced with the question of whether a state regulation requiring consent for the sale of physician identifiable prescription records is a violation of the First Amendment. The impact of a Supreme Court ruling on privacy law could reach far beyond health records to the issue of data ownership and privacy protection in internet commerce. Counsel for amici will debate the issue and discuss the ramifications for privacy protections and data-driven industries, from search engines to social networking.

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PIJIP Fellow on Winning WTO Moot Team

PIJIP fellow Cameron Chong, who researches intellectual property and trade issues for PIJIP projects, participated on the WCL moot court team that was recently named the North American Regional Winners of the European Law Students Association (ELSA) Competition on WTO law. The WCL team together with runners up from Queens University in Canada will be going to Geneva in May 2011 to represent the North American Region in the final competition which will take place at the WTO. In Geneva they will meet with the Regional winners from Europe, South America and Asian/Pacific Regions. The case this year involved a trade ban in imports of cloned sheep and sheep products.

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PIJIP Project Files Supreme Court Amicus Brief in Sorrell v. IMS.

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On Tuesday, PIJIP Associate Director Sean Flynn and Policy Fellow Meredith Jacob filed an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court in an important information privacy case. The brief was filed on behalf of AARP and the National Legislative Association on Prescription Drug Prices (NLARx). The brief argues that the Supreme Court should uphold Vermont’s Prescription Confidentiality Law and overturn the decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The case is Sorrell v. IMS (No. 10-779).

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PIJIP Project Assists Law Professors and Public Interest Groups in Submissions to USTR on IP and Trade Policy

PIJIP Associate Director Sean Flynn and PIJIP Assistant Director Michael Palmedo worked with public interest organizations and a coalition of 30 academics to organize, write and file submissions on February 16, 2011 with the United States Trade Representative in proceedings on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and Special 301. A principal argument in the submissions is that the Obama Administration lacks constitutional authority to enter into ACTA without congressional approval.

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Feb 15: Washington "Redskins': Pride or Prejudice?

Is the name of Washington D.C.’s beloved football team a source of pride for the D.C. community while being hurtful to members of the Native American Community? This program will discuss where the Supreme Court left off, whether the trademark of the name “Redskins” is disparaging towards the Native American Community Presented by the Sports and Entertainment Law Society and the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property.

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