Belize summer class focuses on intellectual property

One of the Belize excursions led to the Mayan city Tikal, Peten, Guatemala. From top (left to right): Ariel Staples, Chase Phillips; Kim Albritton, Jacob Layne, Maggie Winterling, Sierra Sotelo; Rachel Petty, Anthony Pantalena, Nick Mccluskey; Clint Moody, Gianna Wagnon, Associate Professor Deborah Wagnon.

One of the Belize excursions led to the Mayan city Tikal, Peten, Guatemala. From top (left to right): Ariel Staples, Chase Phillips; Kim Albritton, Jacob Layne, Maggie Winterling, Sierra Sotelo; Rachel Petty, Anthony Pantalena, Nick Mccluskey; Clint Moody, Gianna Wagnon, Associate Professor Deborah Wagnon.

For three years in a row, Associate Professor Deborah Wagnon has taken Recording Industry students on an international journey to Belize to study the region’s developing entertainment and intellectual property-related industries. 

International Law & Global Entertainment Transactions RI 4510 is a course created by Wagnon and is part of the International Classroom Initiative (ICI). It’s an opportunity for undergraduate students, as well as master’s and doctoral students in certain international areas of study, to learn about global growth and reciprocity within the U.S. intellectual property industries, including the entertainment industry.

This year’s course was held at the University of Belize in Belmopan from June 9 through June 23 and focused on the developing entertainment and intellectual property-related industries of all of Central America.

Students visit the Belizean Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers.

Students visit the Belizean Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers.

The initiative’s purpose is to cement an ongoing, mutually beneficial relationship with the academic and intellectual property and legal communities of Belize. Stone Tree Records, a well-known international record label, is the course’s local partner. Students are guided to focus their research on any intellectual property content that qualifies for copyright, trademark, or patent protection. Studies include international property right law and treaties.

Wagnon is a U.S. entertainment attorney and intellectual property professor in the Department of Recording Industry. For more information on MTSU Education Abroad, click here.

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