Copyright & Intellectual Property: What Faculty Need to Know

Steve Jamar, J.D.

May 5, 2005

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As faculty face more and more intellectual property issues on campus and online, they could not find a better guide than Steven Jamar to lead them through the labyrinth of copyright law. Professor Jamar is Associate Director of the Institute of Intellectual Property and Social Justice at Howard University’s School of Law. The Institute is “dedicated to exploring the manifold ways in which intellectual property affects and is affected by social justice concerns domestically as well as globally.” To fulfill its mission, the Institute sponsors scholarship on intellectual property ( IP), designs courses about IP, sponsors internships related to IP, and provides IP instruction for practicing lawyers. Professor Jamar also teaches the Law School’s course on copyright law, a course that explores “key concepts such as copyrightable subject matter, the scope of exclusive rights, fair use, ownership issues, infringement, federal preemption of state actions, and international copyright” as well as “rights in music, art, film, literature, and software.”

However, Professor Jamar’s pursuit of social justice extends far beyond Howard. He has contributed to scholarship on “the international law of human rights and freedom of religion.” His publications include articles such as “The International Human Right to Health,” “Accommodating Religion at Work,” and “Copyright and the Public Interest from the Perspective of Brown v. Board of Education.” He has also advised the Law Library of Congress about its Global Legal Information Network and consulted with NASA about its Environmental Legal Information System.

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