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USPTO panel

Posted in Uncategorized by scarsonmsm on January 31, 2008

Spoke yesterday on a panel at the US Patent and Trademark Office copyright workshop (thanks, Susan). This is a program they run for government officials of other countries to help them understand copyright issues. The highlight for me was meeting Arnie Lutzker, one of the people primarily responsible for the drafting and passage of the TEACH Act, which governs digital transmission of education materials. I’ve read enough about the shortcomings of the TEACH Act that I’d lost sight a little of just how much went into getting even those exceptions carved out. It’s truly a heroic accomplishment. It was great to hear the story from a participant.

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