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March 14, 2001

SMU LAW PROFESSOR RECOGNIZED BY THE CENTER FOR ARTS AND CULTURE IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

DALLAS (SMU) -- Southern Methodist University's Dedman School of Law Professor Susan Scafidi has been awarded a grant by the Center for Arts and Culture to further her research on intellectual property law and the merchandising of culture.

Scafidi's recent scholarly article, "Intellectual Property and Cultural Products," was one of four faculty research projects selected from more than 100 submissions to the Washington, D.C.-based think tank. With funding from the Ford, Rockefeller, and David and Lucile Packard Foundations, the Center for Arts and Culture supports original research on the issues that affect relationships among artists, cultural organizations, the creative sector and society at large.

In her article, Scafidi examines how cultural property -- for example, yoga and tai chi, rap music, and even Budweiser beer dyed green for St. Patrick's Day -- lack protection under the current system of intellectual property law. The Communities of origin for these products are unable to exclude copyists through legal action.

A specialist in intellectual property law, Scafidi also is pursuing a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago. At SMU's Dedman School of Law, she teaches classes on property, intellectual property, international intellectual property and Native American legal thought. She received her law degree from Yale University.


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