April 6 – The 25th Anniversary of Feist Pubs. Inc. v. Rural Tel. Svc. Co., Inc., 499 U.S. 340 (1991): A Discussion of Copyrightable Subject Matter and Copyright Registration Practice

 

This event is co-sponsored by the Program for Information Justice and Intellectual Property and the DC Chapter of the Copyright Society of the USA

Keynote Address: Robert J. Kasunic
Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Registration Policy & Practice

Warren Building, Room NT01
New Campus: 4300 Nebraska Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016
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The United States Supreme Court decision Feist Publications, Inc., v. Rural Telephone Service Co. made clear that originality is a constitutional requirement for copyrightability and therefore registerability. Robert J. Kasunic will discuss copyright registration practice and the clarifying role that the newly-released Third Edition of the Compendium of Copyright Office Practices plays in articulating the legal limits on copyrightable subject matter. Subsequent panels will examine specialized topics in copyright law and registration policy, including a focus on software and a discussion of useful articles and copyright at the edges of developed law.

Agenda

2:00  Introduction
2:15 Copyright Registration and the Compendium

  • Robert KasunicAssociate Register of Copyrights and Director of Registration Policy & Practice, U.S. Copyright Office
 3:00 Software: Copyrightability and Registration

  • Terry Illardi, Copyright Counsel, IBM
  • Chris Mohr, Vice President for Intellectual Property and General Counsel, SIIA
  • Moderator: Michael Carroll, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law
3:50 Coffee Break
4:05 Copyright at the Edges

  • Tom Kjellberg, Counsel, Cowan Liebowitz & Latman
  • Rebecca Tushnet, Professor of Law, Georgetown Law Center
  • Moderator: Peter Jaszi, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law
 4:55 Open Discussion
 5:30 Reception