Prof. Okediji Appointed to National Academies’ Copyright Policy Project
NOVEMBER 29, 2010—Law School Professor Ruth Okediji, a leading authority on international intellectual property law, has been appointed to serve on a committee of the Washington, D.C.-based National Academies. The committee’s project is entitled “The Impact of Copyright Policy on Innovation in the Digital Era.”
The project, formed by the Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy within the Policy and Global Affairs Unit, is investigating key issues in the impact of copyright policy, particularly on innovation in the digital environment. The committee will propose methods to expand and improve research on the issues, commission background papers, identify experts to address the issues, and plan a multidisciplinary workshop to discuss ideas and proposals.
After the workshop, additional authorities will be invited to comment on the issues discussed and participants’ suggestions via the project’s public Web site. The committee will prepare a final report identifying policy research that needs attention, proposing ways to address these needs, and recommending methods for public and private organizations to support the work.
The committee held its first meeting, followed by a public meeting, in mid-October. Its final report is expected to be released in the fall of 2011.
The National Academies’ Policy and Global Affairs Unit consists of several major standing committees and boards that work to strengthen science and engineering at home and abroad. Its Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy examines issues related to international competition in technology and the impact of new technologies on firms and jobs. Projects often originate from requests made by Congress, federal agencies, or foundations. They are overseen by pro bono committees whose members are selected for their expertise on the project’s topic.
The copyright policy in the digital age project has garnered interest from the scientific, computer, library, business, and information technology communities. It is sponsored by the National Science, Alfred P. Sloan, Ford, and Tides foundations; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; the American Chemical Society; the Microsoft and Intel corporations; the Business Software Alliance; the Motion Picture Association of America; and the Entertainment Software Association.