uOttawa law professor receives IP3 award

by Robert Janelle

University of Ottawa law professor Michael Geist has been awarded an IP3 award from Public Knowledge, a Washing D.C.-based public interest group dedicated to individual rights in the digital age.

The IP3 awards are presented to individuals “who have advanced the public interest in one of the three areas of “IP” –Intellectual Property, Information Policy and Internet Protocol.”

According to a press release from Public Knowledge, Geist was chosen for his work on digital intellectual property, between covering both Canadian copyright law and the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) on his blog and organizing grassroots opposition to proposed changes to copyright law in Canada.

On his blog, Geist wrote that he’s honoured to receive the award.

“Public Knowledge does great work on digital rights issues and their IP3 Awards have identified some of the biggest contributors to those issues,” he wrote.

Other recipients of the 2010 IP3 award include University of California at Berkeley professor Pamela Samuelson, New York filmmaker Nina Paley and former White House staff member and current law professor Susan Crawford.

The award will be presented in a ceremony in Washing D.C. in October.

Geist was also named one of the 50 most influential people on intellectual property worldwide by Managing Intellectual Property magazine.

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Robert Janelle

Robert Janelle

Robert Janelle is a freelance technology journalist living in the National Capital Region. He's spent time covering the Ottawa start-up scene as a columnist and feature writer with his work in National Capital Scan, The Ottawa Citizen, The Ottawa Sun, Kingston Whig-Standard and The Escapist. He also suffers from a mild addiction to video games. more

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