February 22, 2006
Live Webcast Today: Public Symposium on the Proposed WIPO “Webcasting Treaty”
Public Symposium on the Proposed WIPO “Webcasting Treaty”
February 22, 2006, 1:15 to 5:00 p.m.
From the announcement: The National Academies will hold a public symposium on the Webcasting portion of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) proposed Treaty on the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations. The National Academies have a significant stake in the debate concerning this proposed treaty, both as frequent producers and users of webcasts and as an institution representative of the broader scientific, technical, and medical research community that produces and uses webcasts. The purpose of this symposium, therefore, is to convene a public forum for both the proponents and opponents of the proposed treaty to present their arguments and to provide an opportunity for public discussion of these issues. The results of the discussions also will help inform the National Academies about the merits of this proposed treaty and to develop any public position with respect to it.
The symposium will include presentations by a representative of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and of several organizations that favor and oppose the treaty. Senate staff members also have been invited to express their views. A general discussion is scheduled among all the speakers, as well as with the audience following the presentations. The symposium will be chaired by Wm. A. Wulf, president, National Academy of Engineering.
Attendance by the public is free and open and no advance registration is necessary. However, a valid photo ID is required for entry into the building.
The symposium will also be webcast. If you cannot attend, you may participate in the symposium by listening to a live audio webcast and submitting questions using an e-mail form at http://national-academies.org. The webcast requires RealPlayer software, available free at http://www.real.com/player. For more information on setup and hardware requirements, see the Real.com Web site.
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