From John Whitman, Director, Intellectual Property for Innovation, Museum for Black Innovation and Entrepreneurship
There is a long history of written and artistic work stemming from prison and the experience of incarceration. Many in detention today are creating
literature and art. What is not so clear is whether they are aware of their
Constitutional right to protect their intellectual property and, moreover,
understand how to register their copyrights to ensure such protection.
I am engaged in a nonprofit program to provide free materials to prison
librarians willing to learn how to help their clients register copyrights and
also to publish their works online. To better understand the scope of the
problem, the level of interest among librarians, and ideas for dissemination, I am asking for your kind response to a very short survey here:
Note that the survey appears directed to prison librarians; however, whether or not you are a librarian or can share this with a librarian, please respond to indicate your level of interest and suggestions for dissemination.
This program, called Intellectual Property for Innovation is a voluntary undertaking by the Museum for Black Innovation and Entrepreneurship in consultation with the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice, as well as with other literary and arts educational programs.
Those who provide an email address will receive the results. Many thanks for responding as soon as you can!
For more information, John Whitman can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org