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June M. Besek

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June M. Besek is the Executive Director of the Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts at Columbia Law School. Previously, she was Director of Intellectual Property at Reuters America Inc., and a partner at Schwab Goldberg Price & Dannay in New York City, where her work focused on copyright, trademark and other legal issues, particularly as they relate to new technologies. At Columbia, Ms. Besek heads the Kernochan Center’s program for intellectual property studies and law reform, which is currently involved in a number of projects relating to digital libraries and archives. She also teaches a seminar on Advanced Topics in Copyright with Professor Jane Ginsburg, and a seminar on Authors, Artists and Performers. 

Ms. Besek served as a member of the Section 108 Study Group, created by the Library of Congress and the Copyright Office to examine the exceptions for libraries and archives in the Copyright Act and to make recommendations for legislative change in light of new technologies. She is a member of Council for the ABA Intellectual Property Section, and a former chair of the Copyright Division. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. and the board of advisors of the Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts.  She is also a member of the Committee on Entertainment Law of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.  

Ms. Besek is the author of many articles and studies on copyright law issues, including Copyright and Related Issues Relevant to Digital Preservation and Dissemination of Unpublished Pre-1972 Sound Recordings by Libraries and Archives (CLIR & Library of Congress, forthcoming 2008); Maintaining the Integrity of Digital Archives (with Philippa Loengard), Colum. J. L. & Arts (forthcoming 2008); Copyright Issues Relevant to Digital Preservation and Dissemination of Pre-1972 Commercial Sound Recordings by Libraries and Archives (CLIR & Library of Congress 2005); Anti-Circumvention Laws and Copyright: A Report from the Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts, 27 Colum. J. L. & Arts 385 (2004); Copyright: What Makes A Use “Fair”?, Educause Rev., Nov./Dec. 2003; and Copyright Issues Relevant to the Creation of a Digital Archive: A Preliminary Assessment (CLIR & Library of Congress 2003).

Ms. Besek earned her J.D. cum laude from New York University School of Law, where she was elected to Order of the Coif. She clerked for Judge Charles H. Tenney in the Southern District of New York. She earned her B.A. cum laude from Yale University.

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