Background Sessions (9:30 – 10:45 AM)
Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown

The Global Challenges of Intellectual Property Rights
Room B
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.
Anna-Marion Bieri
Science and Law Program, Virginia Tech

Free Culture, Copyleft, and the Open Exchange of Ideas
Room C
This session will explore the history, current state, and future of movements promoting a more communal approach to the ownership of ideas.
Elizabeth Chaves
Political Science, Virginia Tech

Fair Use in a Culture of Fear
Room D
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?
Quinn Warnick
English, Virginia Tech

Paradoxically Speaking: The Internet and Intellectual Property
Room G
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.
Janine Hiller
Finance, Virginia Tech

Main Panel (11:00 AM -1:00 PM)Lyric Theater in downtown Blacksburg
The Lyric Theatre

James Collier
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

Paul Brigner
Regional Director of the North American Bureau at the Internet Society

Adrian Johns
Allan Grant Maclear Professor of History at the University of Chicago

Hector Postigo
Associate Professor of Media Studies and Production at Temple University

Elizabeth Stark
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?
Room D
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?

Gail McMillan
University Libraries, Virginia Tech

Joint Ownership
Room F
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
Room B
A discussion of the issues raised by SOPA and NSA surveillance for open internet prospects.
Elizabeth Stark
StartX, Stanford University