UMUC’s Center for Intellectual Property to Host 8th Annual Symposium Virtually Through Second Life

Three-day symposium will also be accessible to participants online and in person at UMUC’s Inn and Conference Center

By Kerry O'Neill ( |   May 5, 2008

ADELPHI, Md. (May 5, 2008) - UMUC's Center for Intellectual Property (CIP) announced today that its Intellectual Property Symposium, “Copyright Monopoly: Playing the Innovation Game,” will—for the first time—be simulcast through the Internet-based virtual world of Second Life. Participants will also be able to access the symposium online, via a traditional Webcast, and in person at UMUC’s Inn and Conference Center in Adelphi, Maryland. This event will explore the relationship among the U.S. copyright monopoly, technological innovation and higher education institutions. The symposium begins Wednesday, May 28, and runs through Friday, May 30.

Hosting the symposium in Second Life will offer users a unique opportunity to discuss copyright issues on the Internet, through an Internet-based virtual world. Second Life allows users to interact with one another through avatars, providing an advanced level of social networking within a metaverse. Users will be able to ask questions and participate in discussions through their Second Life avatar, virtual personae. Second Life participants will have access to the evening program on day one, and to the presentation panels during days two and three of the symposium. In addition, online participants will have access to the archives of the symposium material and will be able to retrieve presentation documents as they become available.

This unique online program is hosted in conjunction with the New Media Consortium (NMC) in the secure academic environment of its virtual conference center. Larry Johnson, CEO of NMC, will participate via the Second Life platform as his avatar Larry Pixel.

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The symposium provides participants with the opportunity to network with scholars and practitioners and create best practice documents for immediate implementation at their respective organizations. This year, the symposium has added a new face-to-face feature: The Institute for Copyright Leadership and Management. The Institute will equip higher education managers with the skills to lead and manage change related to technology, culture and copyright.

The symposium will feature topics including “Development of User Generated Content,” “Mass Digitization Projects,” “The Transformation of ‘Authorship,’” and use of “Wikis, Blogs and other Technologies in the Development of Scholarship.” Scheduled speakers for the event include:

  • James Boyle – Duke University School of Law, on User Generated Content
  • Georgia Harper – University of Texas at Austin Libraries, on the Economics of Copyright
  • Gigi Sohn – Public Knowledge, on Advocacy for Consumer Rights
  • Laura Gasaway – University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, on Public Domain and Fair Use
  • Arnold Lutzker – Lutzker & Lutzker, LLP, on Copyright 101
  • Dru Zuretti – Copyright Clearance Center, on Copyright 101

Full details on the symposium and the simulcast, including registration, may be found at

About The Center For Intellectual Property

The Center for Intellectual Property (CIP) at UMUC provides education, research, and resources for the higher education community on copyright, academic integrity, and the emerging digital environment. The Center accomplishes its mission through the delivery of workshops and conferences, online training, consultations on campus, and electronic and print publications, and it provides continuous updates on legislative developments at the local, state, national, and international level.

About The New Media Consortium

The New Media Consortium (NMC) is an international 501(c) 3 not-for-profit consortium of over 260 learning-focused organizations dedicated to the exploration and use of new media and new technologies.