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Wednesday 22 February 2006 the National Academies of the USA: Big Public

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Subject: Wednesday 22 February 2006 the National Academies of the USA: Big Public Meeting on the WIPO Webcasting Treaty
Date: 21 Feb 2006 03:01:45 -0500

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 Subject: [Random-bits] National Academies to host debate on WIPO webcasting 
treaty proposal, Feb 22, in DC
 Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2006 12:53:49 -0500

 Public Symposium on the Proposed WIPO Webcasting Treaty

 The National Academies, Main Auditorium
 2100 C Street NW
 Washington, DC
 February 22, 2006, 1:15 to 5:00 p.m.
 Proposed WIPO Broadcasting/Webcasting Treaty

 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- The webcast requires RealPlayer software, available
 free at For more information on setup and
 hardware requirements, see the Web site.

 For further information please contact: Paul F. Uhlir, J.D., director
 of International Scientific and Technical Information Programs, the
 National Academies. He may be reached by email at, or
 by phone at (202) 334 2807.

 February 13, 2006 DRAFT
 Symposium on the Proposed WIPO Webcasting Treaty
 The National Academies
 Main Auditorium
 2101 Constitution Avenue NW
 Washington, DC
 22 February 2006
 Preliminary Agenda
 (The meeting will be webcast)
 1:15 p.m. Introductory remarks by symposium Chair  Wm. A. Wulf
           President, NAE
 1:30  Overview of the proposed treaty and   Michael Keplinger
 U.S. interests in its ratification Patent and Trademark
 Panel Discussion by Proponents and Opponents of the Proposed Treaty
 1:50  Supporting viewpoints
 - Jonathan Potter, Digital Media Association
 - Seth Greenstein, Digital Media Association
 - [TBD]
 2:50  Opposing viewpoints
 - Jennifer Urban, USC School of Law
 - Michael Nelson, Internet Society
 - James Love, Consumer Project on Technology
 3:50  General discussion with the audience
 4:15  Legislative perspectives on the treaty
 - Senate representatives [TBD]
 - General discussion
 4:55  Concluding observations    Wm. A. Wulf
 5:00  Meeting adjourns

 James Love, CPTech / / /
 tel. +1.202.332.2670 / mobile +1.202.361.3040

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