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Vol.25, No. 18 Mar. 31, 2000

University Welcomes Comments On New Copyright Policy Draft

Over the past several months, a committee on intellectual property composed, for the most part, of faculty members from the various schools at Columbia University has been working to prepare a draft copyright policy for the University. The committee now seeks comments on the draft from other members of the Columbia community.

The draft policy and a draft narrative preamble to the policy have been posted on two Web pages: the Provost's page (http:// www. columbia.edu/cu/provost/ under "Alerts") and the University Senate page (http:// www. columbia.edu/cu/senate/, under "Current Session" /"Pending Business").

Comments can be made in one of three ways:

1) by sending e-mail, addressed to ip_policy@ columbia.edu;

2) by using the reply form on the Web pages that contain the policy statement;

3) by speaking at one of three "town meetings." The first two have already occured, but the third will take place on Tuesday, April 4 at 2:00 p.m. in Faculty Room, Low Library;

4) by sending local mail to "Committee on Intellectual Property," c/o Raphael Kasper, 205 Low Library, MC-4312.

Comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 7, 2000. The committee will review and discuss all comments and will prepare a final draft that will be considered by the University Trustees at their June meeting.

The Committee on Intellectual Policy has the following members:

Jane Ginsburg, co-chair, Janklow Professor of Literary and Artistic Property Law; Ira Katznelson, co-chair, Ruggles Professor of Political Science; Richard Bulliet, professor of history; Michael Crow, executive vice provost; Bradford Garton, associate professor of music; Tom Goldstein, dean, Graduate School of Journalism; Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics; David Hirsh, Robert Wood Johnson Jr. Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics; Frank Lichtenberg, Courtney C. Brown Professor of Business; Kathleen McKeown, professor and chair of computer science; Letty Moss-Salentijn, Edwin S. Robinson Professor of Dentistry; Henry Pinkham, professor of mathematics; Samuel Silverstein, John C. Dalton Professor of Physiology; Nicolas Turro, William Schweitzer Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Chemical Engineering; Beryl Abrams, ex officio, associate general counsel; and Raphael Kasper, ex officio, associate vice provost for research.