Announcing the Copyright and Technology 2019 Conference

How time flies: our next Copyright and Technology Conference will be our tenth.

I’m pleased to announce that the date and venue have been set for Copyright and Technology 2019. The date is Wednesday, January 16, 2019, and we will be back at Fordham’s beautiful new Law School building near Lincoln Center in West Midtown Manhattan. Once again, I’m co-producing the event with the Copyright Society of the USA, and the Fordham IP Institute is sponsoring.

As usual, the one-day event will feature a keynote speech in the morning followed by a presentation of new research; then in the afternoon we will split up into two tracks: Technology and Law & Policy.

At this point I am looking for suggestions of keynote speakers, research presentations, and afternoon session topics. In recent years we’ve had these keynote speakers:

  • Jonathan Taplin, Director Emeritus of the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab, award-winning film producer, and author of Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy
  • Jacqueline Charlesworth, General Counsel of the U.S. Copyright Office
  • Michael Smith and Rahul Telang, co-directors of the Initiative for Digital Entertainment Analytics at Carnegie Mellon University and authors of Streaming, Sharing, Stealing: Big Data and the Future of Entertainment

…and we’ve had research presentations on these topics:

  • Black box music royalties (Daniel Dewar, Paperchain)
  • Effects of anti-piracy techniques on e-book sales (Imke Reimers, Northeastern University)
  • Notice and takedown processes (Joe Karaganis, The American Assembly, Columbia University; and Brianna Schofield, UC Berkeley School of Law)

Here are some of the topics I’m thinking of featuring, depending on the outcomes of various pending legislation and litigations:

  • The Music Modernization Act and what’s next for streaming music licensing
  • Solving problems with image licensing
  • The effects of changes in European copyright law
  • The future of the U.S. Copyright Office and copyright registration
  • Copyright issues around reverse engineering

Send me your ideas!  We will aim to publish a full agenda by the end of the summer.


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