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Friday, May 12, 1995


Thomas R. BRUCE served for several years as a staff member at the Cornell Law School, where he was Director of Educational Technologies. Two years ago he was appointed to the faculty at Cornell as Research Associate and Co-Director of the Legal Information Institute, an apparatus for pursuing electronic-publishing ventures which he co-founded with Professor Peter Martin. He is the author of Cello, an Internet browser for Microsoft Windows, which has been widely distributed and used on the Internet, and which was recently featured in the trade publications PC-Week and PC Magazine. An earlier project, a video documentary on the three-hundred year history of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts was recently released throughout the public schools throughout the state. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale School of Drama. He is, so far as he knows, the first faculty member at the Cornell Law School to have misplaced his JD degree somewhere along the way.

André FRANÇON is a professor emeritus at the University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas). He is President of the Henri-Desbois Institute for Research on Intellectual Property (IRPI) and the Secretary General for the International Literacy and Artistic Association. A specialist in intellectual property law, Mr. Françon has written many studies on this topic; in particular, he published the course he taught at McGill University in 1992 under the title, Le droit d'auteur : aspects internationaux et de droit comparé (Copyrights : International Aspects and Comparative Law).

Jacques FRÉMONT is currently full professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Montreal as well as director of the Centre de recherche en droit public (CRDP : Public Law Research Centre), the largest and most important legal research centre in Canada. From 1988 to 1991, he has also been assistant dean of the faculty of law and, in 1991 and 1992, was appointed commissioner at the Law Reform Commission of Canada (in charge of administrative and environmental law projects). Before joining the University of Montreal faculty in 1983, he was constitutional advisor to the Government of Quebec successively in London and in Quebec City. He has also clerked for the Honourable Yves Pratte at the Supreme Court of Canada. In 1993-94, Mr Frémont has been invited professor of constitutional law at the faculty of law of the University of Geneva (Switzerland) as well as Bora Laskin professor of Public law at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto. He teaches and writes in constitutional law and in public law in general and also pursues research interests in expert systems in law. In the past he has regularly appeared before parliamentary committees and in the media in Canada. Mr Frémont has a LL.B. degree from Laval University and a LL.M. degree from Osgoode Hall Law School; he also studied at the London School of Economics of the University of London. He is a qualified Lawyer and a member of the Quebec Bar as well as an executive member of various national scientific and professional associations and learned reviews.

Ysolde GENDREAU, docteur en droit (University of Paris II), member of the Bar of Quebec, is a professor at the Faculty of Law of the Université de Montréal when she teaches intellectual property law and competition law. She is also sessional lecturer at the Faculty of Law of McGill University. Among her publications are The Retransmission Right : Copyright and the Rediffusion of Works by Cable, Oxford, ESC Publishing Ltd., 1990; La protection des photographies en droit d'auteur français, américain, britannique et canadien, Paris, L.G.D.J., 1994; <<Le critère de fixation en droit d'auteur>>, (January 1994) 159 Revue internationale du droit d'auteur 111; <<Moral Rights>> in G.F. Henderson, ed., Copyright and Confidential Information Law of Canada, Toronto, Carswell, 1994, p. 161. Together with her colleague Ejan Mackaay, she produces a yearly edition of Canadian Legislation on Intellectual Property/Législation canadienne en propriété intellectuelle with Carswell. She is a member of the Association littéraire et artistique internationale (ALAI) and of the Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP). As a member of the Patent and Trademark Institute of Canada (PTIC), she chairs the Centennial Index Update Committee and is a member of the Copyright Committe.

Peter W. MARTIN is the Jane M.G. Foster Professor of Law at Cornell Law School where he has been a member of the faculty since 1971 and was dean from 1980 to 1988. He is the author of an electronic treatise, Martin on Social Security Law, released on LEXIS in November 1990 and published on CD-ROM by Clark Boardman Callaghan in July, 1994, as "Social Security Plus", an electronic reference work, Basic Legal Citation (hypertext 1993). He has also written numerous print works. His most recent journal articles have dealt with the implications of computer technology for legal research and law libraries. He received the 1992 Law Library Journal Article of the Year Award and his Social Security treatise received the 1994 Infobase Industry Award for "Best from the Field of Education." Professor Martin is a past president of the Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction and immediate past chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section of Law and Computers. His electronic treatise work was supported in part by the National Center for Automated Information Research (NCAIR), which awarded him the center's first Dixon Senior Research Fellowship in 1988. In 1992 with support from NCAIR and others, he (and Thomas R. Bruce) established a Legal Information Institute at Cornell which both publishes legal materials on disk and maintains Internet servers (both Gopher and World Wide Web) focusing on and distributing legal material.

William T. STANBURY is UPS Foundation Professor of Regulation and Competition Policy in the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Stanbury received his B. Comm. from U.B.C. (1966) and his M.A. (1969) and Ph.D. (1972) degrees in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley. At U.B.C. he teaches courses on business strategy, business-government relations, and Canadian competition law. His research has ranged quite widely - from the problems of native peoples, to competition policy, government regulation, interest group behaviour and the growth of government in Canada. He is the author, co-author or editor of over 200 publications including some 30 books. His recent books include Canadian Competition Law and Policy at the Centenary (Halifax: The Institute for Research on Public Policy, 1991), co-edited with R.S. Khemani and Money in Politics: Financing Federal Parties and Candidates in Canada (Toronto: Dundurn Press, 1991). In May 1995, his coedited volume The Future of Telecommunications Policy in Canada was published. In 1989 Dr Stanbury won both a Killam Research Prize and the Professor Jacob Biely Faculty Research Prize for his research and publications in University-wide competitions. Between June 1978 and November 1979 Dr. Stanbury was Director of the Regulation Reference for the Economic Council of Canada and was responsible for preparing its Preliminary Report (Nov. 1978) and its Interim Report, Responsible Regulation (Nov. 1979). He then became Director of Research for the Regulation Reference until August 1980. Between November 1977 and August 1982 he was Director, Regulation and Government Intervention Program of the Institute for Research on Public Policy. From September 1982 to December 1984 he was Senior Program Advisor for the Institute. Dr. Stanbury was a consultant and researcher for the Royal Commission on Corporate Concentration. He has also been a consultant to the Bureau of Competition Policy of the federal Department of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, the Law Reform Commission of Canada, the CRTC, the federal Treasury Board, MacMillan Bloedel Ltd., CNCP Telecommunications (now Unitel Communications), Cominco Ltd, the Macdonald Commission, the B.C. Ministry of Forests, the federal Office of Privatization and Regulatory Affairs, Council of Forest Industries of B.C., and the Canadian Centre for Management Development. He has testified before several parliamentary committees on competition policy, airline regulation/deregulation, and the regulatory process.

J. Adrian L. STERLING, LL.B. is a member of the English Bar who has specialised for many years in intellectual property law, particularly in the fields of national and international copyright, computer and date protection law. He is a member of the Intellectual Property and Data Protection committees of the British Computer Society and of the Executive Committee of the British Literary and Artistic Copyright Association. His writings are extensive and include the full length texts The Data Protection Act 1984 (second ed., 1985), Copyright Law in the United Kingdom and the Rights of Performers, Authors and Composers in Europe (1986) and Intellectual Property Rights in Sound Recordings, Film and Video (1992, Supplement 1994). He has contributed articles to European Intellectual Property Review and Computer Law Security Reporto and is Co-editor of The Encyclopedia of Data Protection. In 1992 he was appointed Senior Visiting Fellow at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London.

David VAVER is a professor of law at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, Toronto. He has taught previously at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and the University of British Columbia. He has law degrees from the University of Auckland and the University of Chicago, where he was a Fulbright scholar in 1970-1. Professor Vaver has been teaching the law of copyright over the past two decades and is editor of the Intellectual Property Journal. He has writtent and lectured extensively on Canadian and international copyright law, and is an adviser to the Department of Canadian Heritage on copyright law reform. Professor Vaver is presently working on a short text on intellectual property law and an encyclopedia of Canadian copyright law. His recent writings on copyright include the following : Rejuvenating Copyright, Canadian Bar Review (Dec. 1995, to be published); The Exclusive Licence in Copyright, (1995) 9:2 Intellectual Property Journal (in press); Copyright Inside the Law Library, (1995) 53 The Advocate (in press for April 1995 issue); Abridgments and Abstracts: Copyright Implications, (1995), 17:5 European Intellectual Property Review (in press); Clipping Services and Copyright , (1994) 8 Intellectual Property Journal 379; Limitations in Intellectual Property: The TIme is out of Joint, (1994) 73 Canadian Bar Review 451; Tripping through TRIPs: Canada and Copyright, (1994) 22 Canadian Law Newsletter 53, Summer 1994 (ABA, Canadian Law/Section of International Law & Practice); Translation and Copyright: A Canadian Focus, (1994) 16 European Intellectual Property Review 159; Copyright in Legal Documents, (1993) 31 Osgoode Hall Law Journal 661.

C.L. Mardi 6 juin 1995