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Peter Jaszi

Peter Jaszi

American University Washington College of Law

Washington, DC, USA


Peter Jaszi teaches domestic and international copyright law at American University Law School, writes about copyright history and theory, and supervises students in its Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic, which he helped to found in 2001. With Craig Joyce, Marshall Leaffer, Tyler Ochoa, and Michael Carroll, he co-authors a standard copyright textbook, Copyright Law (Lexis, 9th ed., 2013). He and Martha Woodmansee edited The Construction of Authorship, published by Duke University Press in 1994.  Their new collection, Making and Unmaking Intellectual Property (edited with Mario Biagioli), was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2011. In 1994, Prof. Jaszi was a member of the Librarian of Congress' Advisory Commission on Copyright Registration and Deposit, and in 1995 he was an organizer of the Digital Future Coalition. He is a Trustee of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., and a member of the editorial board of its journal. Since 2005, Prof. Jaszi has been working with Prof. Patricia Aufderheide of the American University's Center for Social Media on projects designed to promote the understanding of fair use by documentary filmmakers and other creators (see www.wcl.american.edu/pijip/go/fair-use).  Their book, Reclaiming Fair Use, was published in 2011 by Chicago. In 2006-07, Prof. Jaszi led an interdisciplinary research team, funded by the Ford Foundation, investigation the connections between IP and the traditional arts in Indonesia; their report is at www.wcl.american.edu/pijip/go/news/professor-peter-jaszi-authors-report-on-protection-of-the-traditional-arts-in-indonesia.  In 2007, Professor Jaszi received the American Library Association's L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award. In 2009 the Intellectual Property Section of the District of Columbia Bar honored him as the year's Champion of Intellectual Property, and in 2011 he was recognized with an IP3 award from Public Knowledge. Prof. Jaszi currently serves on the board of ITVS, an important funder of documentary film projects. 

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