This American Copyright Life: Reflections on Re-equilibrating Copyright for the Internet Age

This American Copyright Life: Reflections on Re-equilibrating Copyright for the Internet Age

Thursday, April 25, 2013 | King Hall Room 1102 | 12:00 PM

Peter S. Menell | Professor of Law, Berkeley Law

Based on Professor Menell’s presentation of the Copyright Society’s 42nd Annual Brace Lecture earlier this year, this lecture calls attention to the dismal state of copyright’s public approval rating. Drawing on the format and style of Ira Glass’s “This American Life” radio broadcast, the presentation unfolds in three parts: Act I – How did we get here?; Act II – Why should society care about copyright’s public approval rating?; and Act III – How do we improve copyright’s public approval rating and efficacy?

Peter S. Menell is the Robert L. Bridges Professor of Law at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law and a Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. He serves on a part-time basis as one of the inaugural Thomas Alva Edison Visiting Professionals at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Professor Menell has authored or co-authored more than fifty articles and eight books, including leading casebooks on intellectual property and Internet law. Professor Menell has organized more than 40 intellectual property education programs for the Federal Judicial Center, including an annual multi-day program on “Intellectual Property in the Digital Age” since 1998. He is Vice-Chair of the National Academies of Sciences project on copyright and innovation. He writes regular commentaries on copyright law and policy that appear on the Media Institute website.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Science and Innovation Studies (CSIS)