Please help us empower prison (and other) librarians and their clients to understand how to register copyrights to protect the intellectual property of creators. Protection of intellectual property is a Constitutional right. Our free literature encourages librarians to learn how to publish works electronically on behalf of clients after copyright registration. Your responses below will help us determine the need for and interest in such a program and how best to disseminate the information. The results of this survey may appear in scholarly articles, though identifying information will be kept confidential. If you have questions, please contact John R. Whitman, Ph.D., Director, IP for Innovation, whitman@mbiedc.org. Thank you so much!

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* 1. Overall, how interested are you in helping prison clients protect their intellectual property through copyright?

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* 2. Are there arts or writing programs being taught in your facility?

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* 3. If so, please describe briefly:

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* 4. Are clients currently being taught how to protect their creations by registering their copyrights?

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* 5. Would you be willing to spend several hours to learn how to register a copyright on behalf of a client?

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* 6. Are there any restrictions in your facility that would prevent you from assisting a client register his or her copyrights? If so, please describe.

The Intellectual Property for Innovation (IPFI) program offers a free IPFI Librarian's Handbook that describes how to protect and share intellectual property created by their clients. This material is offered free of charge to all by the Museum for Black Innovation and Entrepreneurship (www.mbiedc.org), through consultation with the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice (www.iipsj.org). Our aim is to empower both librarians and their clients to benefit from creativity and also to protect against unauthorized use of creative works. Prison populations are an important segment of the vulnerable and marginalized populations we aim to reach.

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* 7. How do you think we should distribute our free IPFI Librarian's Handbook to prison librarians?

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* 8. Do you have any other comments or suggestions?

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* 9. Please include your email address if you would like a copy of the Handbook.

Thank you very much!
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