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The 1996 WIPO Copyright Treaties: 10 Years Later
The Law, Technology, and the Arts Symposium
Co-sponsored by
the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center
NOV 10, 2006
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Moot Courtroom (A59)

In 1996, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) adopted two treaties pertaining to copyrights in the digital age - the Copyright Treaty, and the Performances and Phonograms Treaty. As a result, legislatures from signatory countries, including the U.S., adopted various revisions to their copyright legislation. In the U.S., this included the enactment of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act as well as attempts to draft legislation to protect proprietary interests in valuable commercial databases. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the treaties. The symposium will provide a 10-year retrospective on the legal and policy issues underlying the adoption of the treaties and the ramifications of the implementation of relevant treaty provisions into local law. The symposium will include speakers from the U.S. and various other jurisdictions to compare legislative and judicial approaches to a number of issues arising under the WIPO treaties.
Speaker Information
Keynote address:
Ruth Okediji

William L. Prosser Professor of Law, University of Minnesota

Ruth OkedijiRuth L. Okediji teaches copyright, trademarks, contracts and international intellectual property at the University of Minnesota. Her scholarship focuses primarily on international intellectual property issues with an emphasis on the relationship between multilateral trade law and intellectual property policy. Her work has addressed the relationship between developing and developed countries in the international intellectual property system, including economic analysis of the bargaining strategies that facilitate harmonization of intellectual property rights.

Professor Okediji has served as a consultant with various international organizations, including the United Nations. She has also served as a TRIPS Advisor to member countries in the South African Development Cooperation (SADC), under the auspices of the Commercial Law Development Program, U.S. Department of Commerce. Professor Okediji is the past-Chair of the Section of Law and Computers for the American Association of Law Schools, and past-Chair of the Section on Intellectual Property. She has held visiting research positions at Harvard Law School and the Max Planck Institute for International and Comparative Patent, Copyright, Trademark and Unfair Competition Law in Munich, Germany.
Additional Information
Free and open to the public. Reception following lecture.

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The symposium will be published in Case Western Reserve Law Review Vol. 57, Issue 3 (Spring 2007). Click for single issue purchase info.

The Law, Technology, and the Arts Symposium

The Center for Law, Technology, and the Arts was established in 2001 at Case Western Reserve University School of Law to be an internationally recognized forum for the interdisciplinary study of law, technology, and the arts. The Center focuses on teaching, research, and programs pertaining to intellectual property, technological innovation and technology transfer, the intersection of science, economics, philosophy, and the law, legal issues concerning biotechnology and computer technologies, and laws and cultural issues relating to the creative arts. The Center sponsors yearly, full-day symposia to address important, topical issues relating to law and technology and law and the arts. Highly regarded keynote speakers and panelists from academia, business, government, the bench, and practicing bar participate in this important annual event. 2002 marked the inaugural year of the symposium.

The symposium is cosponsored by the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, which was established in 1991 through a special endowment from the George Gund Foundation. The Cox Center has two core objectives: to advance knowledge and scholarship on critical issues of global justice and legal reform; and to prepare students for the unique international challenges and opportunities in international law, business, and public service.

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