Intellectual Property, Computer and Entertainment Law Committee
To attend, send a request to email@example.com. You will receive an email invitation to attend an “IPCEL Committee Pandemic Response Fair Use Mixer” on the Committee Chair’s Zoom account at 4:30PM on Thursday, April 2. This passionate and copyright-centric discussion will follow the larger copyright event, taking place at 2:30pm on the same day (see below for details) but you don’t need to attend the first event to enjoy the second (the Chair will send a summary to all Committee members so you can join the discussion without attending).
Below is a message from Committee Chair. Stephanie Cole Adams:
Dear IPCEL Committee Members:
The past two weeks have been a challenge for us all. This message is to reach out to you in fellowship, to convey a few critical things, and to help us (safely) gather together.
First: I hope you are all well, and that you stay that way.
Second: If any or any attorney you know needs assistance, please reach out to either me, or the Bar Association. There are many resources for attorney well-being on the BAEC’s COVID-19 Response Page. This is not a time to be stoic or unforgiving about the stress we carry for both ourselves, and our clients.
Third: As chair of the IPCEL, I have been participating in weekly meetings of the committee chairs. Here is my first-hand report on our Bar Association’s response to the current emergency:
Using our committee structures and deliberate inter-connections, the BAEC is tirelessly addressing the rapidly evolving legal and operational changes we need to navigate as practicing attorneys. The ingenuity, compassion, and dedication being modeled by the bar leadership, staff, and membership is astounding. Please check in with the page I linked above for many critical and locally-specific resources; you will see that as a legal community, we are strong, we are organized, and we are getting through this.
Fourth: Since we are, after all, an “IP and Computer” committee, as IPCEL chair, I volunteered to lead a task force to help the BAEC maintain an evolving FAQ about WNY-specific legal developments. The goal is a plain-language and searchable guide on matters such as essential filings and local court operations. If any of you are interested in helping with that, please reach out to me, and put BAEC FAQ in the “RE” line. It would be a 3-hour-a-week commitment (terminable when you need!).
Fifth: I want to add, we are also the “Entertainment” Law committee. As we know, many of our clients in that wing of committee’s purview are hurting. Your ideas on how we can reach out and aid our musicians, promotors, venues, and creative professional clients at this time are welcome.
And finally: Because, always, this is a group of professionals addicted to the nuances, minutia, and semantic intricacies of intellectual property law, I have an event to suggest to you, and a personal gathering to invite you to.
The current situation has many in the copyright community pushing for an expansion of Fair Use. The battle lines are being drawn, and they are fascinating. At 2:30 on Thursday, April 2, there will be an open Webinar on that, with many movers and shakers in the academic IP world. I plan to attend this open “Zoom” session, and watch the fair use fireworks erupt.
The Personal Gathering
For those that send me a request to firstname.lastname@example.org, I will invite you to attend an “IPCEL Committee Pandemic Response Fair Use Mixer” on my Zoom account at 4:30PM on Thursday, April 2. This passionate and copyright-centric discussion will follow the larger copyright event, but you don’t need to attend the first event to enjoy the second (I’ll send a summary so you can join the discussion without attending).
I will have a beverage in hand, and I invite you to do the same. Just put “IPCEL Fair Use” in the RE line.
Thank you so much for your commitment to the BAEC, for your tireless work on behalf of your clients, and for your service to our community.