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This Week on the Copyright Alliance Blog - Week of April 26, 2010

Friday, April 30, 2010

April 26th – Live from IPI’s World IP Day: Incentive to Create
Patrick Ross, Executive Director, The Copyright Alliance

Washington, DC — Happy World IP Day! The ten-year old holiday, launched by the World Intellectual Property Organization, has been celebrated for the last five years by the Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI) <> with a conference on Capitol Hill. A recurring theme of today’s conference was something any copyright owner takes for granted — copyright provides an incentive to create.

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April 26th – Live from IPI’s World IP Day: Respecting Artists and Creators
Patrick Ross, Executive Director, The Copyright Alliance

The always insightful Andrew Keen <> , author of The Cult of the Amateur, shook things up (as he always does) by arguing only 10% of us have talent. He gave himself a bit of distance by saying he was quoting Barry Diller, but as someone who works every day with creators across the U.S., I think there’s something to that statistic. Creators, true creators, are different, and we should be forever grateful for that.

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April 26th – Live from IPI’s World IP Day: The Challenge for Creators in the Developing World
Patrick Ross, Executive Director, The Copyright Alliance

Here at the Copyright Alliance we tend to focus on U.S. artists and creators, but creativity and cultural contributions are global. International treaties provide rights under law to artists around the world, but that doesn’t mean their own countries take steps to enforce their IP laws and protect their creators’ rights. That was clear today at the 5th annual World IP Day event here on Capitol Hill hosted by the Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI) <>.

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April 27th – An Intern’s Perspective on IPI’s 5th World IP Day
Kathleen Saylor, Intern, The Copyright Alliance

Yesterday was my first World IP Day hosted by the Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI) <>, and I was humbled by the number of brilliant and impassioned individuals who attended. When I first arrived, the conference room was surprisingly empty, but by the time the event was underway, there were periods where it was so crowded that some people had to stand. If the attendance wasn’t enough, the in-depth and comprehensive questions asked at the end of each session indicated to the level of curiosity and/or motivation of the attendees.

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April 27th – Summary of Latest Net Neutrality Filings at the FCC
Patrick Ross, Executive Director, The Copyright Alliance

Oh, deadlines. Yesterday was the new deadline for reply comments at the Federal Communications Commission in their proceeding examining the merits of imposing network neutrality regulations. As I’ve written before, copyright owners have an interest in how this debate unfolds, whether that owner feels new regulations are needed or not. At stake is the ability of copyright owners to protect their rights online. Below is a summary of some key filings addressing this issue…

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About The Copyright Alliance

The Copyright Alliance is a non-profit, non-partisan educational organization dedicated to the value of copyright as an agent for creativity, jobs and growth. For more information, please visit

Members of the Copyright Alliance include: Advertising Photographers of America; American Federation of Musicians; American Federation of Television & Radio Artists; American Intellectual Property Law Association; American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers; American Society of Media Photographers; Association of American Publishers; Association of Independent Music Publishers; AT&T; Broadcast Music, Inc.; Business Software Alliance; CBS Corporation; Church Music Publishers Association; Directors Guild of America; Entertainment Software Association; Graphic Artists Guild; Langley Productions; Magazine Publishers of America; Motion Picture Association of America; National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR); National Association of Broadcasters; National Collegiate Athletic Association; National Music Publishers' Association; National Basketball Association Properties, Inc.; NBC Universal; News Corporation; Newspaper Association of America; Picture Archive Council of America; PPL and VPL; Professional Photographers of America; Professional School Photographers Association; Recording Industry Association of America; Reed Elsevier; SESAC; Software & Information Industry Association; Sony Pictures Entertainment; Time Warner; Universal Music Group; Viacom; The Walt Disney Company; Writers Guild of America, West.

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