Prof. Peter K. Yu

Professor of Law

Professor of Communication

Director, Center for Law and Intellectual Property

Texas A&M University


 

 

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Creation, Control, and Censorship

CREATION, CONTROL, AND CENSORSHIP: THE FREE ENGINE OF EXPRESSION OR A TOOL OF PRIVATE CENSORSHIP?

 

Benjamin N. Cardozo

School of Law

Yeshiva University

 

April 15, 2002

 

DESCRIPTION

 

In the United States Supreme Court decision of Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc. v. Nation Enterprises, Justice O’Connor reminded us that the Framers intended copyright to be “an engine of free expression.”  In recent years, however, some organizations—such as those in the media industries and religious organizations—have used copyright as a tool to influence and censor ideas and to suppress dissent.

 

This symposium seeks to examine this important issue by bringing together noted legal scholars, practitioners, industry people, and computer specialists.  In particular, the symposium explores the use of copyright by the media industries and religious organizations and how to use technology, computer codes, and technical rules to promote the free flow of ideas.

 

SCHEDULE

 

8:30

Continental Breakfast

 

9:00

Welcoming Remarks

 

Dean David Rudenstine, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University

 

9:15

Copyright and the Media Industries
 
Moderator:

  • Prof. Monroe E. Price, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University & Co-Director, Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy, University of Oxford

Speakers:

  • Prof.  Ronald Bettig, Penn State University

  • Prof. Eric Easton, University of Baltimore School of Law

  • Mike Godwin, Policy Fellow, Center for Democracy and Technology

  • Prof. David Korzenik, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University

  • George Vradenburg, Advisor to the Chairman, AOL Time Warner, Inc.

11:15

Coffee Break

 

11:30

Codes, Technology, and Dissent
 
Moderator:

  • Prof. Peter K. Yu, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University & Research Associate, Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy, University of Oxford

Speakers:

  • Prof. Yochai Benkler, New York University School of Law

  • Prof. Julie E. Cohen, Georgetown University Law Center

  • Matthew Oppenheim, Esq., Senior Vice President (Legal and Business Affairs), Recording Industry Association of America, Inc.

  • Prof. Pamela Samuelson, Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley

  • Richard Stallman, Founder and President, Free Software Foundation

  • Prof. Siva Vaidhyanathan, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

1:30

Lunch

 

3:00

Copyright, Religion, and the Separation of Church and State
 
Moderator:

  • Prof. Ira C. Lupu, The George Washington University Law School

Speakers:

  • Prof. Thomas C. Berg, University of St. Thomas Law School

  • Prof. Thomas F. Cotter, Frederic G. Levin College of Law, University of Florida

  • Mark B. Helm, Esq., Partner, Munger Tolles & Olson, LLP, Los Angeles

  • Prof. Eugene Volokh, UCLA School of Law

Commentators:

  • Prof. Marci A. Hamilton, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University

  • Prof. William P. Marshall, University of North Carolina School of Law

5:00

Reception

 

SYMPOSIUM AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS

 

Thomas F. Cotter, Gutenberg's Legacy: Copyright, Censorship, and Religious Pluralism, 91 Cal. L. Rev. 323 (2003)

 

Thomas F. Cotter, Accommodating the Unauthorized Use of Copyrighted Works for Religious Purposes Under the Fair Use Doctrine and Copyright Act 110(3), 22 Cardozo Arts & Ent. L.J. 43 (2004)

 
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