About GW Law IP & Technology Law Program
The CIEC is a relatively new addition to the legacy of GW Law’s intellectual property program. GW Law has been a leader in intellectual property law education for more than a hundred years. When the Law School established a Master’s of Patent Law program in 1895, its alumni had already written the patents for Bell’s telephone, Mergenthaler’s linotype machine, and Eastman’s roll film camera, among hundreds of other inventions, and dozens more alumni had worked in the Patent Office. We developed a first-rate patent law program and then bolstered it with our strengths in copyright, trademark, communications, computer and Internet regulation, electronic commerce, international law, and genetics and medicine.
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The Creative & Innovative Economy Center (CIEC) at the George Washington University Law School believes creativity and innovation are critical tools in fighting the war on poverty, eradicating disease, and improving the quality of life through cultural expression, the creative arts and innovative technology. The CIEC conducts research and organizes educational programs that demonstrate how these powerful catalysts – creativity and innovation – drive global economic development.
A sampling of our current research and educational programs include:
• Hosting educational roundtable discussions for technology entrepreneurs, policymakers, venture capitalists, and public researchers in Brazil, India, Thailand and Jordan;
• Educating policy makers, industry practitioners, and the general public about how creativity and innovation can be used as a tool for economic development at events in Geneva, the United Nations in New York, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles;
• Conducting research on film and television creativity in Egypt and India;
• Conducting research on AIDS treatment innovation in Burkina Faso and Uganda.
For more information: www.law.gwu.edu/ciec
BMI is a performing right organization: It collects license fees on behalf of its songwriters, composers and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed.
As a performing right organization, BMI issues licenses to various users of music, including television and radio stations and networks; new media, including the Internet and mobile technologies such as ringtones and ringbacks; satellite audio services like XM and Sirius; nightclubs, discos, hotels, bars, restaurants and other venues; digital jukeboxes; and live concerts. It then tracks public performances of its members’ music, and collects and distributes licensing revenues for those performances as royalties to the more than 400,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers it represents, as well as the thousands of creators from around the world who have chosen BMI for representation in the U.S.
BMI currently represents some more than 6.5 million compositions — a number that is constantly growing. As a result, BMI has, over the years, sought out and implemented a number of technological innovations in its continuing effort to gather the most accurate information available about where, when and how its members’ compositions are used as well as ensuring that payment to those whose works have been performed is made in as precise and timely a manner as possible.
For more information: bmi.com