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Announcements, Copyright Office

The Copyright Office has wonderful news to share with you.

First, TWO Copyright Office interns were selected for this summer’s highly selective Google Policy Fellowship program, Jessie Mannisto and Liz Allen.

Jessie Mannisto, who interned with us in the summer of 2010, has been accepted as a Google Policy Fellow at the American Library Association‘s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). The OITP “advances ALA’s public policy activities by helping secure information technology policies that support and encourage efforts of libraries to ensure access to electronic information resources as a means of upholding the public’s right to a free and open information society.” Jessie said, “They (ALA) were very interested in hearing what I did at the Copyright Office last summer in my interview, so I’m sure that was a big part of why I got it — I just wanted to say thank you for helping me get there! I am really excited.”

Liz Allen, who is a current intern from Michigan Law, was accepted at the Future of Music Coalition (FMC). FMC is a non-profit collaborating with the music, technology, public policy and intellectual property law communities. Its projects include everything from copyright and net neutrality to health insurance and support for public radio. Liz plans on taking her experience from both the Copyright Office internship, where she explored the policies on the use of state-of-the-art recording facilities here at U-M and the implications for Block M Records, and her time at the Center for Democracy and Technology advocating for Network Neutrality, to her fellowship.

But the wonderfulness does not stop with our interns. Our amazing staff has been busy as well:

Melissa Levine, Lead Copyright Officer, attended the IMLS WebWise conference on March 8, 2011. The panel addressed legal issues of “Thinking Like a Lawyer, While Opening Doors, Access, and Minds.” Melissa’s talk was “All Things Open” discussing copyright, open access, and data curation concepts co-presented with Sayeed Choudry of Johns Hopkins.

Bobby Glushko, Copyright Specialist, has been accepted as a speaker at the Computers and Writing conference on May 19th-22, 2011. With co-presenter Emily Puckett-Rogers of Open.Michigan, Bobby will lead a panel on Connecting the Global Learning Community: An Introduction to creating and using Open Educational Resources. Bobby also recently published the article, “The Future of Copyright” in Information Outlook, Vol. 14, No. 7, p. 14, 2010.

Greg Grossmeier was invited to speak at this year’s United States Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Association‘s (USETDA) conference in Orlando, Florida. Greg will discuss the use of Creative Commons licenses and other academic sharing strategies can increase the effectiveness and efficiency of academic discovery and reporting.

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