U.S. Register of Copyright Will Co-Teach IP Course at John Marshall

Mary Beth Peters, the former Register of Copyright for the U.S. Copyright Office, Library of Congress, will be    co-teaching the “International Copyright” law class April 8 and 9 at The John Marshall Law School, 315 S. Plymouth  Ct., Chicago. “I cannot describe how fortunate my students are to have the opportunity to study with Mary Beth Peters. During her 14- year tenure as the Register of Copyright, she has been involved in every cutting edge issue that  impacts copyright today,” said John Marshall Professor Doris Long, who will co-teach with Peters.

Their topics over the two days for this LL.M. level course will include “Art, Artistry and Technology: The Creative   Boundaries of Copyright,” “The Cultural/Economic Impact of Authorship,” “Copyright Exploitation in the Digital Age:  Music, Performance and the Challenge of Global Licensing,” and “Fair Use, Fair Dealing and Other Limitations and Exceptions.” “One of the challenges in protecting copyrighted works internationally is dealing with the problems of language, enforcement and culture,” Long explained. “We look forward to exploring possible methods for dealing with copyright and neighboring rights in today’s global, digital economy.” Peters work as the Register of Copyright enables her to share national and international knowledge in the subject. Peters directed the policies and operations of the U.S. Copyright Office, which administers the laws pertaining to copyright and provides advice to Congress. As a respected  expert on U.S. and international copyright law and issues regarding copyright, Peters presented lectures and represented the interests of the United States at international meetings as a member of official U.S. delegations.

“From the ISP liability issues, to global licensing, from orphan works, to the recent Google Books Settlement, Mary Beth brings a depth of knowledge and practical experience that is unparalleled,” Long added. “The Copyright Office’s loss, as a result of her retirement this past December, is definitely our gain. She has a hands-on, interactive approach  that will make the class challenging, cutting edge and entertaining – the perfect combination for such an advanced class.”

Long is a professor and chair of the Intellectual Property, Information Technology and Privacy Group at John  Marshall. She is an international speaker who has worked as an attorney adviser to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for international enforcement, and a Fulbright Scholar in China. Her research interests include working with indigenous peoples to help them keep control of their music, art and culture. For additional information on this  course, or registration information, contact the Center for Intellectual Property Law at 312.427.2737, extension 581.


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