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UMUCís Center for Intellectual Property Welcomes Thought Leaders to 2010 Symposium on Sustaining Culture in Copyright

Friday, April 16, 2010

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

Adelphi, MD -- The Center for Intellectual Property (CIP) at University of Maryland University College (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.”

Scheduled panelists and speakers at this year’s symposium include:

Tuesday, June 22, 1 – 8 p.m.

  • Pre-conference: Copyright 101
    • Georgia Harper, J. D. – University of Texas at Austin Libraries
  • Pre-conference: Fair Use Trends
    • Madelyn Wessel, J. D. – University of Virginia
  • The Future of Fair Use
    • Jonathan Band Jonathan Band, PLLC
    • James Gibson – University of Richmond School of Law
    • David Van Taylor – Lumiere Productions, Inc.
    • Steve Worona (Moderator) - EDUCAUSE

Wednesday, June 23, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Reuse, Recycle, Rethink: The Impact of Google Book Search
    • David Balto – American Progress
    • Peter Jaszi (Moderator) – Washington College of Law, American University
    • Lateef Mtima – Howard University School of Law
    • Marybeth Peters – United States Register of Copyrights
  • The Changing Landscape: Social Media, P2P Filesharing and Culture
    • Jim Burger – Dow Lohnes
    • David Green – NBC Universal Washington Government Relations
    • Jim Griffin – OneHouse LLC
    • Rebecca Tushnet (Moderator) – Georgetown University Law Center
  • Charting Your Course: Copyright Literacy and Information Literacy
    • Donna Ferullo – Purdue University
    • Olga Francois (Moderator) – University of Maryland University College
    • Peggy Hoon – North Carolina State University
    • Thomas Lipinski – University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
  • Regulating the Terrain: Broadband and Net Neutrality
    • Rick Chessen – National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA)
    • Markham Erickson – Holch & Erickson LLP
    • David Farber – Carnegie Mellon University
    • Gigi Sohn – Public Knowledge

Thursday, June 24, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • Conservation and Expansion: Legislative Updates
    • Prudence Adler, Association for Research Libraries
    • Kimberly Bonner (Moderator) – University of Maryland University College
    • Maria Pallante – U.S. Copyright Office
    • Steve Worona – EDUCAUSE

For details on the symposium, including cost and registration, visit

EDITOR’S NOTE: The university’s official name is “University of Maryland University College” or the acronym “UMUC” only.

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 University of Maryland University College

University of Maryland University College, headquartered in Adelphi, Maryland, is the largest public university in the United States, serving 90,000 students and offering 130 undergraduate and graduate programs online and on-site. In addition, UMUC is one of the largest public providers of online higher education in the nation. UMUC boasts a 60-year history of service to the military and currently enrolls an estimated 50,000 military service members, veterans, and their family members each year. The university offers face-to-face instruction at 21 locations throughout Maryland and educational services in 27 countries and more than 150 locations worldwide, including the Middle East. UMUC is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is a constituent institution of the University System of Maryland, an agency of the State of Maryland.

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