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March 5: Kenny Crews on International Fair Use

Kenny Crews
Director of the Copyright Advisory Office, Columbia University
Thursday, March 5, 3:00 p.m.
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, 128 Wall Street
Free and open to the public

Kenny Crews will speak about his 2008 landmark study for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in which he compares fair use and other copyright limitations/exceptions across some 150 countries. Professor Crews gave a fascinating sneak preview of the findings of this study at the IFLA Congess last August in Quebec. He will also provide recent updates related to this work. If you think WIPO is just another of the many indistinguishable acronyms in today's information and rights-world, this talk will be important in describing the organization's critical influence in global copyright arena -- and why librarians and academics want to be informed about it.

Kenny Crews has a distinguished career in copyright and fair use issues. Until his appointment at Columbia in January 2009, he was a professor at the Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis and the IU School of Library and Information Science. Crews has been a faculty member of the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center since its founding in 2003. He previously practiced business and entertainment law in Los Angeles and has taught and published widely on copyright, constitutional law, political history, and library science. His work has won wide acclaim, and he has been active in projects and initiatives on copyright law in the United States and around the world. You can read more about his work at: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/news/libraries/2007/2007-07-03.crews.html.

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