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Public Symposium on the Proposed WIPO “Webcasting Treaty”

February 22, 2006, 1:15 to 5:00 pm
The National Academies, Main Auditorium
2100 C Street NW, Washington, DC

Proposed WIPO Broadcasting/Webcasting Treaty

The National Academies held 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, was 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.

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Introductory Remarks by Symposium Chair
Wm. A. Wulf
President, National Academy of Engineering

Panel Discussion by Proponents and Opponents of the Treaty

Supporting Viewpoints
Seth Greenstein
Digital Media Association

Fritz Attaway
Executive Vice President for Government Relations and Washington General Counsel, Motion Picture Association for America
Mr. Attaway is speaking in his personal capacity because his organization has not taken a formal position on the issues being discussed at this symposium.

Opposing Viewpoints
Jennifer Urban
Professor, University of Southern California School of Law

Michael Nelson
Internet Society

James Love
Consumer Project on Technology

A Third Way
Jonathan Band
Jonathan Band PLLC

General Discussion with the audience

Concluding Observations

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.