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NYC LOCAL: Big Three Day Conference starting Friday 28 April 2006: Comed

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Subject: NYC LOCAL: Big Three Day Conference starting Friday 28 April 2006: Comedies of Fair Use
Date: 28 Apr 2006 05:33:06 -0400

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 Subject: [Ecommerce] Interesting New York Event: Comedies of fair
 use (April 28-30, 2006)
 Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2006 15:22:04 -0400
 From: Manon Ress <>

 The New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU, in association
 with the NYU Humanities Council present a weekend long symposium

 A Search for Comity in the Intellectual Property Wars
 Friday, April 28 through Sunday, April 30, 2006

 Free and open to the public

 Friday April 28, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
 Hemmerdinger Hall
 100 Washington Sq. East

 Saturday 9:30-6:30 p.m. and Sunday 9:30-1:00 p.m.
 Hemmerdinger Hall
 100 Washington Sq. East

 Panelists to include Lawrence Lessig, Art Spiegelman, Susan
 Meiselas, Jonathan Letham, Errol Morris, Geoff Dyer, and others.

 Some of the most contentious issues bedeviling cultural life
 today are increasingly coming to revolve around the question of
 what proper deference ought to be paid to the notion of
 intellectual property.  Just what is copyright, what is its
 point, who is it designed to protect (individual creators and
 their legatees, be they individual or corporate, and necessarily
 to the same extent?) and what is it designed to foster (the most
 thrivingly fertile intellectual community and intercourse
 possible?)? How might such objectives, thus stated, be internally
 at odds, and how might such tensions in turn be resolved? What
 sorts of product ought to be copyrightable and for how long? To
 what (increasing?) extent is the cultural/intellectual commons
 being divied up, fenced off into ever more diminutive swaths of
 barbed and monetarized terrain? And what exceptions ought to be
 made to this tendency? What is "fair use" and how ought it to be
 extended (and perhaps expanded)? How do all these issues play out
 across different media-textual (books and magazines), visual
 (photos, paintings, films), and aural (musical)? And to what
 extent are rampaging developments on the cyberfront expanding or
 constricting all possibilities in this regard?

 The last weekend of this coming April (April 28, 29, and 30), the
 New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU will be bringing
 together practioners and artists (many from among the ranks of
 its own distinguished fellowship), along with lawyers, judges,
 historians, theorists and philosophers, in order to explore
 various aspects of these questions. Robert Boynton of the NYU
 Journalism faculty, one of the principal chroniclers of
 developments in this field, and Lawrence Lessig of Stanford
 University, arguably the field's most dynamic activist, are
 collaborating in helping to convene and steer the conference.

 The Friday evening session will focus on Google's highly
 controversial project of digitizing the entire contents of some
 of the world's greatest libraries, not necessarily with the prior
 approval of the relevant copyright holders.

 Saturday will see separate sessions devoted to the confounding
 situations swirling around the practices, respectively, of
 artists, scholars, musicians and documentary filmmakers.

 On Sunday, panelists will try to see if there is some way to move
 past the various impasses involved, and toward a regime of
 greater comity among creators and users of intellectual property,
 especially when these are often the same people in different
 phases of their work.

 Panelists, in addition to Mr. Lessig and Mr. Boynton and
 Institute director Lawrence Weschler will include:

 Photographer Susan Meiselas
 Painter Joy Garnett
 Novelist Jonathan Letham
 Comix artist Art Spiegelman
 Essayist Geoff Dyer (Out of Sheer Rage, The Ongoing Moment)
 Documentary filmmaker Errol Morris
 Joel Wachs, head of the Andy Warhol Foundation
 Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit
 NYU's Siva Vaidhyanathan (Copyrights and Copywrongs)
 Essayist Lewis Hyde (The Gift, Trickster Makes This World)
 NYU's Lawrence Ferrara, expert on musical issues
 Carrie McLaren of Stay Free
 James Boyle, of digital environmentalist movement (Shaman, Software, and 
 and others


 All events located in:
 Hemmerdinger Hall, 100 Washington Square East, New York, NY 10003


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Jay Sulzberger <>
Corresponding Secretary LXNY
LXNY is New York's Free Computing Organization.

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