Background Sessions (9:30 – 10:45 AM)
Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown
The Global Challenges of Intellectual Property Rights
A discussion of the international IP system, focusing on associated global challenges such as public health, economic development, and the protection of genetic resources and traditional knowledge.
Science and Law Program, Virginia Tech
Free Culture, Copyleft, and the Open Exchange of Ideas
This session will explore the history, current state, and future of movements promoting a more communal approach to the ownership of ideas.
Political Science, Virginia Tech
Fair Use in a Culture of Fear
What are the challenges faced by those whose creative work depends on fair use? And how may we strengthen fair use protections in our increasingly digital world?
English, Virginia Tech
Paradoxically Speaking: The Internet and Intellectual Property
The legal protection of intellectual property both incentivizes and limits the creativity enabled by the Internet. We will explore this paradox through stories such as YouTube and Viacom, and through a peek into a possible future of a mobile interconnected Internet of Things.
Finance, Virginia Tech
Science and Technology in Society, Virginia Tech
Panelists (see the Panelists page for full bios)
Karyn Temple Claggett
Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Policy and International Affairs, US Copyright Office
Regional Director of the North American Bureau at the Internet Society
Allan Grant Maclear Professor of History at the University of Chicago
Associate Professor of Media Studies and Production at Temple University
Entrepreneur-in-Residence at StartX at Stanford University
Lunch (1:00-2:30 pm)
Follow-up Sessions (2:30-3:45 PM)
Graduate Life Center
Does Open Access Threaten Your Intellectual Property?
Does “fair use” allow enough access to students and faculty at a land grant university, one that is supposed to bring the results of research to the people who can use it?
University Libraries, Virginia Tech
Intellectual property laws assume single owners and users, but ownership can be structured otherwise. Although this might make laws and policies even more complex, we can build systems to support alternatives, and thereby enrich user experiences.
Deborah Tatar and Dennis Kafura
Computer Science, Virginia Tech
Buy, Borrow, and Steal: Content in the Digital Age
What are the political, economic, social, and ethical issues of digital content ownership and personal downloading?
Trevor Croker and Adam Smith
Science and Technology Studies, Virginia Tech
Privacy and the Future of the Open Internet
A discussion of the issues raised by SOPA and NSA surveillance for open internet prospects.
StartX, Stanford University