Jaszi Lecture November 10th—Decriminalizing Education, Again

The law school was thrilled to present the 11thAnnual Peter A. Jaszi Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property on November 10th featuring longtime clinic client Peter Decherney’s reflections on his odyssey seeking exemptions for educators. Peter Decherney is a Professor of Cinema & Media Studies and Faculty Director of the Online Learning Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania. DeCherney discussed his 17 year collaboration with the Washington College of Law’s Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic. Among other joint endeavors, he and the clinic have successfully petitioned for a series of expanding educational exemptions to the anticircumvention provisions of 1998 Digital Millenium Copyright Act. In his talk, Professor Decherney described the clash of world views revealed in the exemption process, and why he and the clinic may have been fighting the wrong battle all along. 

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