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IISPJ’s Director, Lateef Mtima, is a guest on the recent edition of the CopyThis podcast hosted by Kirby Ferguson and presented by the Re:Create Coalition. You can find the podcast along with a full description here on the Re:Create Coalition website. A portion of the description is reproduced below.

Copy This Podcast Episode 5: Copyright Drives the Beat of Social Justice

“…While many may think about copyright law in terms of music, books and movies and how to access them, Lateef Mtima, Professor of Law at the Howard University School of Law and Founder and Director of The Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice, points to the Constitution to remind listeners that copyright’s “most important function is to provide people with knowledge, to educate themselves… to share ideas and information.”…

From the Black Lives Matter movement, to the high profile “Blurred Lines” case that has pitted Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams against Marvin Gaye’s estate, and even led to varying opinions across the full spectrum of the copyright community, Lateef helps bring to light copyright discussions that are playing out in communities and the courts in real time today so be sure to tune in.”

 

The U.S. Copyright Office requested comments on the impact and effectiveness of the DMCA Safe Harbor provisions in 17 USC 512.  Comments submitted by Professors Lateef Mtima and Steven D. Jamar, on behalf of IIPSJ and several other organizations, can be found here.
The comments are categorized into the following themes:
- Characteristics of the Current Internet Ecosystem;
- Operation of the Current DMCA Safe Harbor System;
- Potential Future Evolution of the DMCA Safe Harbor System; and
- other developments in the law.

Professor Lateef Mtima, along with several other authors, recently released a book that is now available for purchase. Click here for more information!

In the Information Age, historically marginalized groups and developing nations continue to strive for socio-economic empowerment within the global community. Their ultimate success largely depends upon their ability to develop, protect and exploit their greatest natural resource: intellectual property. Through an exploration of the techniques used in social entrepreneurship, Intellectual Property, Entrepreneurship and Social Justice provides a framework by which historically marginalized communities and developing nations can cooperate with the developed world to establish a socially cohesive global intellectual property order. Divided into four parts, knowledgeable contributors discuss topics surrounding entrepreneurship and empowerment, education and advocacy, engagement and activism and, finally, commencement toward “IP Empowerment”. Experts in the field, scholars, law professors and students of intellectual property, human rights and international trade and development will find this book to be both resourceful and thought-provoking.


The IIPSJ Mission
"Advancing Ideas, Encouraging Enterprise, Protecting People "

The Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice was established to promote social justice in the field of intellectual property law and practice, both domestically and globally. Through core principals of access, inclusion, and empowerment, intellectual property social justice advances the social policy objectives that underlie intellectual property protection: the broadest stimulation of creative and innovative endeavor and the widest dissemination of creative works and innovative accomplishments for the greater societal good. IIPSJ proposes and supports new paradigms for the creation, management, and exploitation of knowledge resources, and works within a wide spectrum of IP stakeholders, including artists, inventors, and rights holders, legal scholars, practitioners, and policy makers, and IP entrepreneurs, purveyors, and end-users, to achieve these goals.

IIPSJ is concerned with equitable access to knowledge, health, and social development, and the effect of IP regimes upon such aspirations and interests. IIPSJ’s scope of endeavor ranges broadly and includes scholarly examination of the intellectual property law from a social justice perspective; advocacy for social-justice aware interpretation, application, and revision of the intellectual property law; initiatives to increase the diversity of the intellectual property legal bar; and programs which promote greater awareness and understanding of intellectual property protection, particularly among  historically and currently disadvantaged and underserved groups, to empower them to exploit intellectual property effectively. IIPSJ’s principal methodologies include training lawyers, social activists, and entrepreneurs to apply the tenets of social engineering to problems of intellectual property inequity and unfair exploitation and otherwise promoting IP education for marginalized and “indigenous culture” communities; disseminating public positions on important IP controversies and advocating on behalf of pertinent social justice interests; and impacting intellectual property law and policy development by interjecting issues of IP social justice into national and international IP access, trade, and enforcement dialogues and polemics.

An accredited NGO member of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), IIPSJ collaborates with academic, governmental, and non-governmental entities and organizations in the pursuit of intellectual property social justice and the amelioration of the international IP status quo. IIPSJ is dedicated to the idea that both creation of and access to intellectual property are fundamental to human development and is the bedrock of the intellectual property law and policy schema for the global digital information society.


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