On March 10, 2011, Michael Remington delivered a keynote address on the intersection of intellectual property issues and human rights at the 8th Annual Intellectual Property Law Seminar.  Hosted by the Institute of Intellectual Property and Social Justice at the Howard University School of Law, the seminar facilitates a dialogue among IP practitioners about emerging issues in intellectual property law and the implications for the authors and creators who are empowered by copyright protections. 

Mike, a partner in the Intellectual Property and Government & Regulatory Affairs practice groups, delivered his speech at a lunchtime symposium on “Intellectual Property and the Pursuit of Civil Rights: Issues and Challenges for the Digital Information Age.”  Before an audience of academics, law practitioners, government affairs representatives, and students, Mike broadly addressed the impact of copyright laws on civil rights in the United States and discussed his experience providing pro bono counsel on copyright, trademark, rights of publicity, and privacy issues to The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.  Mike highlighted his efforts and those of Drinker Biddle colleague Janet Fries to secure legal protections and a permanent home in the Library of Congress for “Voices of Civil Rights,” a collection of previously unpublished materials and personal accounts that brings to light the experiences of pioneers of the civil rights movement.