Marybeth Peters at American University

The Sixth Annual Finnegan Lecture on IP: The 1976 Copyright Act: Prologue and Epilogue

American University
Washington College of Law
Washington, DC

Thursday Nov. 4, 2010
5:00pm Reception,
6:00pm Lecture

Featuring Marybeth Peters, United State Register of Copyrights and with comments from Jon Baumgarten, former General Counsel for the United States Copyright Office.

The Copyright Act of 1976 was a comprehensive statutory revision designed to reframe copyright law for decades to come. As the significance of copyright increases in the digital era, it becomes more important than ever to have a fuller understanding of how the 1976 Act originated and what it was designed to accomplish. Marybeth Peters, the current Register of Copyrights and a veteran of the revision process, will discuss pressures that fueled demands for a comprehensive reconsideration of the law and describe the role of the Copyright Office leading up to and away from the final legislation. She will offer reflections on why proponents sought fundamental changes to copyright and then consider to what extent those changes produces the sought-after results.

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