CSUSA Annual Meeting 2014

When: June 8, 2014 - June 10, 2014 - This event has passed

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2:30 – 4:00 PM Executive Committee Meeting
3:00 – 5:00 PM Registration
4:00 – 5:00 PM Membership Committee Meeting
5:00 – 6:00 PM Annual Meeting of Members & Annual Meeting of Trustees
6:30 – 7:00 PM First-Time Attendees Reception
7:00 – 8:00 PM Welcome Reception
8:00 – 10:00 PM Lobster Dinner

7:15 – 8:15 AM Chapter Chair Meeting

7:30 – 8:15 AM Breakfast Buffet

8:15 – 8:30 AM Welcome
Joseph Salvo, President, The Copyright Society of the USA

8:30 – 9:30 AM The View from the Copyright Office
Maria A. Pallante, Register of Copyrights, U.S. Copyright Office

9:30 – 10:45 AM Transformation of Transformative Use
Fair use disputes today often focus on whether the defendant’s use of the plaintiff’s copyrighted work was “transformative.” This panel will explore the increasingly prominent role that “transformativeness” has taken on, starting with Campbell v. Acuff-Rose and continuing to more recent cases such as Authors Guild v. Google and Cariou v. Prince. It will also examine the extent to which the meaning of “transformative” has itself changed, from an original focus on transformation of the work itself, to today’s emphasis on whether the use is transformative – and whether this change is a good thing. The panel will feature three practicing attorneys at the center of this debate: Julie Ahrens, Director of Copyright and Fair Use at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society, Joe Gratz of Durie Tangri, who represents Google in the Authors Guild case, and Liz McNamara of Davis Wright Tremaine, who has recently authored several amicus briefs for copyright owners resisting an overly expansive view of transformativeness.

Julie Ahrens, Stanford Fair Use Project
Joseph Gratz, Durie Tangri LLP
Liz McNamara, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

10:45 – 11:00 AM Coffee Break

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM International Copyright Developments
As the market for creative works has become increasingly global, developments in copyright law in other countries, and in international treaties, have become more and more important. Drawing on the expertise of panelists from Canada, Germany, and China, this panel will consider recent developments with regard to exclusive rights and exceptions in selected jurisdictions outside the United States, both for their own importance, and as potential models for domestic legislation. It will also consider recent developments with regard to exclusive rights and exceptions in international treaties and negotiations.

Robert Brauneis, George Washington University Law School
Madeleine Lamothe-Samson, Norton Rose Fulbright
Jiarui Liu, University of New Hampshire School of Law
Axel Nordemann, Boehmert & Boehmert
Shira Perlmutter, United States Patent and Trademark Office

12:30 – 2:00 PM Lunch     
Keynote Speaker: Beth Brinkmann, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Deparment Of Justice, Civil Division

2:00 – 3:15 PM Crowd-Sourced Editorial Content and Fan Productions
The panel will explore new business models that have arisen that allow IP owners to profit from crowd- (or fan-) sourced content while more fully engaging their fans and expanding their audience of consumers. Each panelist will focus on a particular entertainment industry. Art Neill of New Media Rights will explore film and video production, including the impact of YouTube’s Partnership and Content ID/monetization programs, Gregory Boyd of Frankfurt Kurnit will focus on videogames and machinima, and Matt Bloomgarden of Alloy Entertainment will discuss publishing projects such as Amazon’s KindleWorld. The panel will also examine other online businesses that seek to leverage fan interest in generating new content in ways that offers benefits to both the IP owners and the fans. Finally, the panelists will discuss copyright and other legal issues that these new business models present as well as challenges that IP owners face from the growth of user-generated content featuring their properties without their involvement or consent.

Jay Kogan, DC Entertainment
Matthew Bloomgarden, Alloy Entertainment, A Warner Bros. Entertainment Company
S. Gregory Boyd, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC
Art Neill, New Media Rights

3:30 – 5:30 PM Activities (optional | registration required)

Twenty-Ninth Annual Kate McKay Tennis Open

Copyright Classic XXX: Annual Softball Game

National Cathedral and Embassy Row Tour

The Washington National Cathedral is unique among DC’s
historic sites.  Standing higher the than Washington Moment, the Cathedral
crowns 57 acres at the city’s highest point.  Your private guide will
explain the art and architecture of the “great church for national
purposes.”  On your return, you will view Embassy Row as your guide points
out the prominent residences of the Vice President and other dignitaries as
well as the embassies. 

Georgetown Walking Tour

Take a guided walk along the narrow street of Georgetown, a
sophisticated community founded long before the founding of Washington,
DC.  Pass the residence of authors Bob Woodward, Herman Wouk, Katherine
Porter and Sinclair Lewis.  Stand before the elegant homes of
President-elect John F. Kennedy, Governor Averill and Ambassador Pamela
Harriman.  See the stylish town homes of our Secretaries of State and many
other political figures. 

6:00 – 7:00 PM


6:00 – 10:30 PM  Kids Dinner (registration required)

7:00 – 8:30 PM Dinner

8:30 – 10:30 PM Monuments by Moonlight Bus Tour (optional | registration required)

After dinner, embark on a tour of the nation’s most historic
monuments lit in all of their glory.  Travel along the Mall as your guide
points out the World War II Memorial, Washington Monument and the Smithsonian
Museums, stopping for a spectacular photo op.  You will also have a close
view of the US Capitol Building, Library of Congress and the Jefferson

9:30 PM Crude Humble & Obvious, comprised of Bob Clarida, Tom Kjellberg, Rob Kasunic and other Copyright Society members and friends, will jam upstairs at the 51st State Tavern, 2512 L Street, NW (near the corner of 25th and Pennsylvania, one block south and one block west of the Fairmont).


7:00 – 8:30AM Breakfast 

7:30 – 8:15 AM Editorial Board Meeting

8:15 – 9:15 AM The 21st-Century Copyright Office
A 21st-century copyright system requires a 21st-century Copyright Office. What does the public want from the Office? What do stakeholders need? This panel will explore hopes, dreams, and realities.
Jacqueline Charlesworth, U.S. Copyright Office
Allan Adler, Association of American Publishers
June Besek, Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts
Susan Chertkof, The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)

 9:15- 9:45 AM
9:45 – 11:15 AM
Recent Developments in Copyright Law


Robert W. Clarida, Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC
Thomas Kjellberg, Cowan Liebowitz & Latman, P.C.

11:15 – 11:30 AM Coffee Break

11:30 AM – 12:45 PM Digital First Sale
What was the effect of Capitol Records, LLC v. ReDigi Inc. on the secondary market for digital works? How will sellers of ebooks and digital audio files respond? Are there non-infringing methods for distributing digital content after the first sale? Will copyright owners continue to sell digital copies, or will the business model become a license-only enterprise?

Rochelle Claerbaut , RCIP Law

Janet Cullum, Cooley LLP
Karyn T. Claggett, U.S. Copyright Office
John Villasenor, Brookings Fellow and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Public Policy at UCLA

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