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Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP)


November 2, 2016 – Arlington, Virginia ASMP, in conjunction with the Antonin Scalia Law School’s Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) at George Mason University, and the Washington Area Lawyers for Artists hosted a panel discussion where Antonin Scalia Law School students responded to questions posed by ASMP members. The questions addressed pertained to DMCA Take Down Notices, posting content on social media, and classification of “work made for hires” among other issues. Following the panel presentations, ASMP and WALA members had the opportunity to discuss specific copyright issues in an open Q&A discussion.
Sandra Aistars, Professor of Law and Founder of the Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Clinic, welcomed Clinic participants and attendees, with brief introductions given by guest speakers, John Goode, Executive Director, WALA, and Mike Klipper, ASMP’s outside counsel on copyright reform issues. Mr. Klipper focused his comments on ASMP’s top priority in Congress—pending legislation to create a small claims court within the U.S. Copyright Office.
The Clinic Panel composed of GMU law students, was moderated by Alex Summerton, with multi-topic intellectual property presentations given by Rebecca Cusey, Tyler Del Rosario, Rebecca Eubank, Mandi Hart, Stephanie Semler, Patricia Udhnani.
Posting of video of the Clinic presentations will be forthcoming.


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Background of ASMP CPIP Partnership

To support knowledge share related to the protection of members’ creative works, ASMP has partnered with the George Mason University (GMU) School of Law’s Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP).

CPIP is “dedicated to the scholarly analysis of intellectual property rights and the technological, commercial, and creative innovation they facilitate. CPIP explores how strong property rights in innovation and creativity can foster successful and flourishing individual lives and national economies.”

Coordinating the partnership activities with CPIP will be Sandra Aistars, Professor of Law and the Founder of the Arts and Entertainment Advocacy Clinic at GMU, with the Clinic to be involved in providing services to ASMP members. She is also Senior Scholar and Director of Copyright Research & Policy at CPIP. ASMP will be working with Sandra on initiatives that include law clinics, webinars, FAQs, and blog postings that address such topics as negotiating solid contracts, securing copyright registrations, and other issues related to the protection of intellectual property.

In addition to the establishment of the partnership with CPIP to address legal issues of members, ASMP is also seeking to establish a nationwide forum of attorneys and legal advisors who will be able to provide legal advice on a broad range of legal concerns of members working in our membership’s diverse legal jurisdictions.

To begin creating a forum for sharing information related to current legal issues, I would like to invite you to submit questions regarding contracts or other legal issues of concern that you feel need to be addressed in protecting your creative work to These questions will be used to compile a list of general legal questions and concerns that will be reviewed by our advisors with responses posted in ASMP’s Strictly Business forum, as well as addressed in other ASMP website content.

While we work to support our members in providing resources and tools for achieving business success, we know that efforts on the legal front to protect creative works are critical in achieving that success, and the present opportunity to collaborate with CPIP and others supports these efforts to create a stronger ASMP.

— Tom Kennedy, Executive Director