I wanted to share the announcement from a very interesting conference hosted by the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology dealing with the formalities surrounding copyright works; I’ve been to related conferences in this series in previous years and they have been excellent.
The 17th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium:
Reform(aliz)ing Copyright for the Internet Age
April 18-19, 2013
Copyright formalities, such as registration of claims and placing
notices on copies, may seem outdated, pedestrian, and… well…
boring. They are anything but. Formalities, which in the past three
decades have largely disappeared from American copyright law, may be
about to stage a comeback. Why? Because copyright formalities may be
one of the most important strategies for reconciling copyright law and
the challenges of the digital age. This conference will consider,
among other things, the useful role that formalities can play in
addressing today’s copyright challenges, what kinds of formalities
might best serve the interests of authors and of the public, economic
considerations posed by formalities, the need for appropriate
technological infrastructures to support new formalities regimes, and
some constraints that the Berne Convention may pose for the design and
implementation of new formalities regimes.
The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (BCLT)
The Berkeley Technology Law Journal (BTLJ)
The Institute for Information Law at the University of Amsterdam (IViR)
The Copyright Society of the U.S.A.
Visit the conference page for more information and to register.
A total of 11.5 hours of MCLE credit will be available for attendees.
David R. Hansen
Digital Library Fellow
Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic
UC Berkeley School of Law