Prof. Peter K. Yu

Professor of Law

Professor of Communication

Director, Center for Law and Intellectual Property

Texas A&M University


 

 

conferences

 

W(H)ITHER THE MIDDLEMAN: THE ROLE AND FUTURE OF INTERMEDIARIES IN THE INFORMATION AGE

 

Michigan State University College of Law

 

April 8-9, 2005

 

DESCRIPTION

 

In the information age, intermediaries have become increasingly redundant. With online distribution and peer-to-peer technologies, consumers are now able to transmit freely information without the intervention of a third party. As time remains scarce and some services are costly to provide, a number of intermediaries manages to survive. New value-added services also have emerged to assist customers in navigating, contextualizing, filtering, decoding, customizing, and authenticating information. To examine the role and future of intermediaries in the information age, this conference brings together intellectual property scholars, communications policy experts, economists, political and information scientists, and policymakers.

 

SCHEDULE

 

April 8, 2005: THE PLAYERS
 

8:30

Breakfast

 

9:00

Welcoming Remarks

  • Dean Terence L. Blackburn, Michigan State University College of Law

  • Prof. Peter K. Yu, Michigan State University College of Law

9:15

Broadcasting Organizations, Collective Societies, and Online Service Providers

 

Moderator:

  • Prof. Llewellyn J. Gibbons, The University of Toledo College of Law

Speakers:

  • Prof. Michael A. Geist, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law

  • Prof. Eric Goldman, Marquette University Law School

  • Prof. Laura A. Heymann, The George Washington University Law School

  • Prof. Lydia Pallas Loren, Lewis & Clark Northwestern School of Law

  • Prof. Michael J. Madison, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

  • Prof. Mary Wong, Department of Law, Singapore Management University

1:00

Luncheon

 

2:00

Universities & R&D Communities

 

Moderator:

  • Prof. Adam Mossoff, Michigan State University College of Law

Speakers:

  • Prof. Margo A. Bagley, Emory University School of Law

  • Prof. Brett Frischmann, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

  • Prof. Jay P. Kesan, University of Illinois College of Law

  • Prof. Katherine J. Strandburg, DePaul University College of Law

3:45

Coffee Break

 

4:00

Artists, Libraries, and Archives

 

Moderator:

  • Prof. Charles J. Ten Brink, Michigan State University College of Law

Speakers:

  • Prof. Michael W. Carroll, Villanova University School of Law

  • Prof. Peter A. Jaszi, Washington College of Law, American University

  • Prof. R. Anthony Reese, University of Texas School of Law

  • Prof. Margaret Ann Wilkinson, University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law

  • Prof. Diane L. Zimmerman, New York University School of Law

6:00

The Second Annual Distinguished Lecture in Intellectual Property & Communications Law

  • Prof. Lawrence Lessig, Stanford Law School

"Creative Economies"

8:00

Dean's Dinner Reception

 

April 9, 2005: THE FRAMEWORK

 

8:30

Breakfast

 

9:00

The Economics of the Middlemen

 

Moderator:

  • Prof. Nicholas Mercuro, Michigan State University College of Law

Speakers:

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

  • Prof. Stacey Dogan, Northeastern University School of Law

  • Prof. Stan J. Liebowitz, Department of Finance & Managerial Economics, University of Texas at Dallas

  • Prof. Michael J. Meurer, Boston University School of Law

10:45

Coffee Break

 

11:00

Regulation, Ethics, and Free Speech

 

Moderator:

  • Prof. Adam Candeub, Michigan State University College of Law

Speakers:

  • Prof. Jennifer Chandler, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law

  • Prof. Christine Haight Farley, Washington College of Law, American University

  • Prof. Debora Halbert, Department of History and Political Science, Otterbein College

  • Prof. Matt Jackson, Department of Communications, Pennsylvania State University

  • Prof. Sonia Katyal, Fordham University School of Law

1:00

Luncheon

 

2:30

The Architecture of the Intermediaries

 

Moderator:

  • Prof. Steven S. Wildman, Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media, Michigan State University

Speakers:

  • Rajiv Shah, National Center for Digital Government, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

  • Prof. Jonathan K. Shapiro, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Michigan State University

  • Prof. Charles Steinfield, Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media, Michigan State University

4:00

Coffee Break

 

4:15

The Future of the Intermediaries

 

Moderator:

  • Prof. Jacqueline D. Lipton, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Speakers:

  • Prof. Ann Bartow, University of South Carolina School of Law

  • Robert A. Heverly, Lecturer in Law, The Norwich Law School, University of East Anglia

  • Prof. Dan Hunter, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

  • Prof. Ian R. Kerr, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law

  • Prof. David Post, James E. Beasley School of Law, Temple University

6:00

Conference Adjourned

 

Prof. Peter K. Yu, Michigan State University College of Law

 

7:30

Dinner Reception

 

Restaurant Villegas

1735 Grand River Avenue, Okemos, MI

 

CONFERENCE FELLOWS

 

Prof. Johannes M. Bauer

Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media

Michigan State University

 

Prof. M. Scott Boone

Appalachian School of Law

 

Prof. Bruce M. Kennedy

University of Toledo College of Law

 

Prof. Mark McKenna

St. Louis University School of Law

 

Prof. Liam O’Melinn

Pettit College of Law, Ohio Northern University

 

Prof. Peng Tao

Politics and Law School

China University of Geosciences

 

Prof. Vanessa B. Pierce

Ave Maria School of Law

 

Prof. Mark F. Schultz

Southern Illinois University School of Law

 

Prof. Michael Zhaoxu Yan

Department of Communication Studies

University of Michigan

 

SYMPOSIUM ISSUE AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS

 

2006 Mich. St. L. Rev. 1–234

 

Peter K. Yu, Of Monks, Medieval Scribes, and Middlemen, 2006 Mich. St. L. Rev. 1

Lawrence Lessig, Creative Economies, 2006 Mich. St. L. Rev. 33

 

Ann Bartow, Women in the Web of Secondary Copyright Liability and Internet Filtering, 32 N. Ky. L. Rev. 449 (2005)

 

Michael W. Carroll, Creative Commons and the New Intermediaries, 2006 Mich. St. L. Rev. 45
 
Thomas F. Cotter, Some Observations on the Law and Economics of Intermediaries, 2006 Mich. St. L. Rev. 67
 
Debora Halbert, Two Faces of Disintermediation: Corporate Control or Accidental Anarchy, 2006 Mich. St. L. Rev. 83
 
Robert A. Heverly, Law as Intermediary, 2006 Mich. St. L. Rev. 107
 
Matt Jackson, The Technological Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Canadian Copyright and Internet Transmissions, 2006 Mich. St. L. Rev. 133
 
Michael J. Madison, Social Software, Groups, and Governance, 2006 Mich. St. L. Rev. 153
 
Margaret Ann Wilkinson, The Public Interest in Moral Rights Protection, 2006 Mich. St. L. Rev. 193

 

Diane Leenheer Zimmerman, Can Our Culture Be Saved? The Future of Digital Archiving, 91 Minn. L. Rev. 989 (2007)

 
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