UMUC’s Center for Intellectual Property Welcomes Thought Leaders to 2010 Symposium on Sustaining Culture in Copyright

Three-day symposium will feature keynote speakers from Google, Inc., and American University

By Kerry O'Neill ( |   April 16, 2010

ADELPHI, MD (April 16, 2010)—The Center for Intellectual Property (CIP) at UMUC announced today that it will host a three-day symposium, June 22–24, 2010, entitled “Hybrid ©: Sustaining Culture in Copyright.”  The event will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., and will immediately precede the American Library Association’s national conference, which will be held in the same venue.

The CIP symposium will bring together current thought leaders to discuss a variety of topics related to copyright, including the Google Book Search settlement, P2P file sharing, broadband and net neutrality, copyright literacy and legislative updates. William Patry, senior copyright counsel, Google, Inc., and Peter Jaszi, faculty director of the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic and professor of law at Washington College of Law, American University, will serve as keynote speakers.

Jaszi will deliver the opening keynote address, focusing on “The Future of Fair Use.” He will review the rights of users and address the overarching message that fair use is a valuable right that must be claimed if it is to be of real value to teachers, artists, musicians, etc. His keynote address will be followed by a panel discussion, with responses by Jon Band, James Gibson and David Van Taylor.

To close the symposium, William Patry will deliver a keynote address on “Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars.” He will discuss the challenges copyrights place on creativity and expand on his opinion that copyright is a government privilege to further social goals.  Patry—author of the eight-volum treatise on U.S. copyright law, Patry on Copyright—will have a book signing immediately following his keynote address.

The Center for Intellectual Property is dedicated to providing professional communities with expert education and information about legal and ethical challenges in the digital era. Kimberly Bonner, executive director of CIP, said “The caliber of speakers for this year’s symposium is outstanding. We are especially honored to welcome Peter Jaszi and William Patry, and we are confident that symposium attendees will benefit greatly from the experts assembled for this event.”