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Center for the Study of the Public Domain

What could have entered the public domain on Jan. 1, 2015?

Current U.S. law extends copyright for 70 years after the date of the author’s death, and corporate “works-for-hire” are copyrighted for 95 years after publication. Prior to the 1976 Copyright Act, the maximum copyright term was 56 years. Under those laws, works published in 1958 would enter the public domain on January 1, 2015. Under current copyright law, we’ll have to wait until 2054.

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Center for innovation policy

Center for Innovation Policy logoThe Center for Innovation Policy addresses fundamental issues of law and policy affecting innovation. The center brings a scholarly focus to cross-cutting policies relevant to innovation generally and to sector-specific areas such as the life sciences, information and communications technology, and energy-related technology.

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    Elvin R. Latty Professor of Law

    Arti Rai, Elvin R. Latty Professor of Law and co-Director, Duke Law Center for Innovation Policy, is an internationally recognized expert in intellectual property (IP) law, administrative law, and health policy. Rai has also taught at Harvard, Yale, and the University of Pennsylvania law schools.  Her research on IP law and policy in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and software has been funded by NIH, the Kauffman Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson Center. She has published over 50 articles, essays, and book chapters on IP law, administrative law, and health policy.

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  • Internet Regulation in 2020 | Vinton G. Cerf

    The Duke Law Center for Innovation Policy (CIP) sponsored a conference on October 17, 2014 to discuss the future of internet regulation. This keynote address, given by Vinton G. Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, Inc., discusses the Internet’s growth and future challenges. Introduction by CIP Co-Director Stuart Benjamin. Recorded on October 17, 2014

  • Internet Regulation in 2020 | Tim Berners-Lee, kc claffy, Henning Schulzrinne & Daniel Weitzner

    The Duke Law Center for Innovation Policy (CIP) sponsored a conference on October 17, 2014 to discuss the future of internet regulation. This panel, moderated by CIP Co-Director Arti Rai, addresses the following questions: What are likely to be the most significant realistic changes in network architecture, capacity, and connectivity by 2020? In what ways might these developments be affected, perhaps even precluded, by regulatory policy? In what ways might these developments in turn affect regulatory policy? What are the costs and benefits of these developments and their possible regulation? Panelists: Henning Schulzrinne (3:05) (Julian Clarence Levi Professor of Mathematical Methods and Computer Science, Columbia University; Technology Advisor, Federal Communications Commission), Daniel Weitzner (13:46) (MIT), kc claffy (28:16) (Director, Center for Applied Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA)), and Tim Berners-Lee (44:20) (3Com Founders Professor of Engineering, MIT; Professor, University of Southampton (UK); Director, World Wide Web Consortium; Director, World Wide Web Foundation) Moderator: Arti Rai (Duke Law)

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