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JULY 29, 2009

FROM 9:00 AM TO 11:00 AM


2900 VAN NESS ST. N.W.


Equalizing Access to Knowledge Recap

Presented by The Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice at Howard University School of Law and Google Inc.

This unique policy forum at Howard University School of Law will present an engaging discussion on Google’s book digitization project and its relationship to social justice and access to information.

2009 Program Agenda

Keynote Address: David Drummond, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer, Google Inc.

Panel Discussion, featuring:
Lateef Mtima, Professor of Law and Director of IIPSJ at Howard University School of Law
Wade Henderson, President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR)
Charles Brown, Esq., Advisor to the President of the National Federation of the Blind
Brent Wilkes, National Executive Director for the League of United Latin American Citizens
Rhea Ballard-Thrower, Director, Law Library, Howard University School of Law

Next Steps
The panel will be followed by small group sessions led by the Institute for those who wish to continue discussing intellectual property and its relationship to the economic development of historically disadvantaged groups and how to take concrete steps in that direction.

Book Search is Google’s ambitious initiative to make the world’s books easier to find and access online. Over the last six years, Google has worked with rightsholders as well as libraries to digitize books. Google, authors, and publishers have recently written an agreement that may dramatically expand access to millions of works. Drummond will explain this groundbreaking agreement and its implications for readers, writers, students, scholars, libraries, and the public at large. Panelists will provide various perspectives on it, including concerns about implementation and access.