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2013 Symposium

Copyright in the Digital Age

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“Copyright in the Digital Age” was the 16th annual Stanford Technology Law Review symposium (STLR). STLR is an innovative forum for intellectual discourse on critical issues at the intersection of law, science, technology, and public policy. This symposium focused on digital copyright challenges with three 1.5-hour panels.

This year’s symposium featured the following three panels: a panel on sampling, mixes, and mashups; a panel discussion on the moral rights of digital copyright (and what the US has done to approximate it); and a panel on social media and digital copyright.

CLE Credit: The Stanford Technology Law Review certifies that the State Bar of California approved this activity for 4.5 hours of CLE credit.

Unable to attend?

The video recordings of these dynamic panels are now available for viewers to access:

Panel 1 – Social Media
Panel 2 – Moral Rights
Keynote – Professor Michael Carroll
Panel 3 – Sampling, Mixes, & Mashups


9:00 AM: Registration and Breakfast, Law Lounge, Stanford Law School
10:30 AM: Panel 1 – Social Media  (Room 290)
Moderator: Julie Ahrens, Director of Copyright and Fair Use, Stanford Center for Internet and Society
Panelists: Carl Johnson, Copyright Director, Brigham Young University
Lila Bailey, Clinic Teaching Fellow, Berkeley Law
12:00 PM: Lunch break and Keynote (Complimentary Sandwiches in 290)
Keynote: Michael Carroll, Professor, American University, Director of Program on Informational Justice and Intellectual Property
1:30 PM: Panel 2 – Moral Rights (Room 290)
Moderator: Ilhyung Lee, Professor, University of Missouri School of Law
Panelists: Molly S. Van Houweling, Faculty Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology
Tyler Ochoa, Professor, Santa Clara Law
Allison Akbay, Cantor Center for the Arts
3:15 PM: Panel 3 – Sampling, Mixes, & Mashups (Room 290)
Moderator: Peter Menell, Professor, Berkeley Law
Panelists: John Polito, Associate, Bingham McCutchen
Madhavi Sunder, Professor , UC Davis School of Law
5:00 PM: Reception (Law Lounge)

Panelist Bios

Julie Ahrens, Director of Copyright and Fair Use, Stanford Center for Internet and Society
Julie is the Director of Copyright and Fair Use. She represents writers, filmmakers, musicians, and others who rely on fair use in creating their art, documentaries, scholarship, critiques, or comments. Before joining Stanford, Julie was a litigation attorney in the San Francisco office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where, among other matters, she was the lead attorney defending the musician and electronic composer, BT, in a copyright infringement case in the Southern District of New York. She has litigated a variety of matters in the state and federal courts of California and New York.

Carl Johnson, Copyright Director, Brigham Young University
Carl Johnson is the Director of the University Copyright Licensing Office at Brigham Young University (BYU). Mr. Johnson advises the University on copyright compliance issues; is the designated agent under the DMCA for receiving copyright infringement notices; manages a staff for obtaining licenses and is responsible for educating the University community on their rights and responsibilities under the copyright law.

Mr. Johnson has authored articles on copyright and related issues. He has also given presentations addressing copyright/licensing issues for the Visual Resources Association; Educause; International Association for Language Learning and Technology; participated in a discussion group addressing copyright education with the Association of Research Libraries; and given many presentations to groups in higher education and related entities. Mr. Johnson has been guest lecturer in university technology, humanities, education, communication and law courses. He is a member of the Visual Resources Association Intellectual Property Committee and a number of university wide copyright/intellectual property policy committees.

Lila Bailey, Clinic Teaching Fellow, Berkeley Law
Lila Bailey ‘05 joined Berkeley Law in 2011 as a Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic. She came to the Clinic from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, where she worked in the Education Program on Open Educational Resources (OER)—high-quality educational materials provided freely under a flexible copyright license that allows anyone, anywhere, to access, customize, and share those resources via the Internet.

Prior to her work at the Hewlett Foundation, Bailey was in-house counsel for Creative Commons, a non-profit organization that offers open copyright licenses. While there, she provided legal and programmatic advice within the organization and educated the public about the use and benefits of Creative Commons licenses, especially in the area of education. Before going in-house, Bailey was an associate at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati where she worked on Intellectual Property litigation and strategic counseling matters for Silicon Valley technology companies and start-ups. Bailey also held an Intellectual Property Fellowship with the Electronic Frontier Foundation in 2007.

Michael Carroll, Professor, American University, Director of Program on Informational Justice and Intellectual Property
Michael W. Carroll joined the Washington College of Law faculty in 2009 after visiting during the 2008-09 academic year. He previously was a member of the faculty of the Villanova University School of Law. He teaches and writes about intellectual property law and cyberlaw. Prior to entering the academy, he served as a law clerk to Judge Judith W. Rogers, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and Judge Joyce Hens Green, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He practiced law at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Chicago.

Professor Carroll’s research focuses on the search for balance in intellectual property law over time in the face of challenges posed by new technologies. He also acts on his ideas. He is a founding member of Creative Commons, Inc., a global organization that provides free, standardized copyright licenses to enable and to encourage legal sharing of creative and other copyrighted works. He also is on the sub-group of Board Members who advise the organization’s Science Commons division and its education division, ccLearn.

Ilhyung Lee, Professor, University of Missouri School of Law
Professor Ilhyung Lee has interests in the fields of intellectual property, international and comparative law, international dispute resolution, and law and society in East Asia (Korea focus). He teaches Copyright, Trademarks, Public International Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, International Commercial Arbitration, Cross-cultural Dispute Resolution, and Sports Law.

Professor Lee has taught at Waseda University Faculty of Law, in Tokyo, Japan as a Fulbright Scholar, and also at the Tokyo University of Science, Master of Intellectual Property Program. He teaches the cross-cultural dispute resolution subject as adjunct faculty at Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, and Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution.

A Senior Fellow at the Law School’s Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution, Professor Lee is included in the roster of neutrals for the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Mediators List), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board, USA Track & Field, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, the University of Missouri Campus Mediation Service, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). He has issued a number of decisions as a panelist in domain name disputes administered by WIPO. He is also a member of the National Sports Law Institute and the Sports Lawyers Association.

Professor Lee’s private practice experience includes positions at Cravath, Swaine & Moore (New York) and Kim & Chang (Seoul, Korea). Previously, he was law clerk to the Honorable Joseph F. Weis, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. As a law student, he was an articles editor on the law review, and graduated with Order of the Coif honors.

Molly S. Van Houweling, Faculty Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology
Molly Shaffer Van Houweling joined the Boalt faculty in fall 2005 from the University of Michigan Law School, where she had been an assistant professor since 2002. Van Houweling’s teaching and research interests include intellectual property, law and technology, property, and food law. She was a visiting professor at Boalt in 2004-05.

Before joining the Michigan faculty, Van Houweling was president of Creative Commons, a nonprofit group that facilitates sharing of intellectual property. Van Houweling has also served as senior adviser to the president and board of directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the entity that oversees the Internet Domain Name System. She has been a research fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School and at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. Van Houweling clerked for Judge Michael Boudin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit and Justice David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Tyler Ochoa, Professor, Santa Clara Law
Professor Ochoa is a recognized expert in copyright law and rights of publicity. He joined the Santa Clara University School of Law faculty in 2003, and he served as Academic Director of the High Technology Law Institute for the 2005-2006 academic year. Prior to joining Santa Clara Law, Professor Ochoa served as a professor and co-director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law at Whittier Law School. He has also served as a clerk for the Honorable Cecil F. Poole of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and as an associate with the law firm of Brown & Bain in Palo Alto, California, where he specialized in copyright and trade secret litigation involving computer software. He is also a two-time “Jeopardy!” champion and a champion on “Win Ben Stein’s Money”.

Peter Menell, Professor, Berkeley Law
After graduating from law school, Peter Menell clerked for Judge Jon O. Newman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. He joined the Boalt faculty in 1990 and co-founded the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology in 1995, where he serves as a director. Menell has visited at Harvard Law School and Stanford Law School. He has organized more than three dozen intellectual property education programs for the Federal Judicial Center since 1998.

John Polito, Associate, Bingham McCutchen
John Polito’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and copyright counseling. John has represented plaintiffs and defendants in copyright, computer fraud, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), trademark and unfair competition matters. John has worked extensively with computer scientists, computer forensics specialists, economists, statisticians and other industry experts. He has counseled technology and media companies on the creation, acquisition, maintenance and licensing of copyright portfolios.

As a former software engineer, John has particular experience with enterprise software development, analytics and data profiling, computer security, and artificial intelligence. John also maintains an active pro bono practice, most recently gaining asylum for an LGBT youth who fled home-country persecution.

Madhavi Sunder, Professor, UC Davis School of Law
Professor Sunder is a leading scholar of law and culture. She was named a Carnegie Scholar in 2006 and has been a Visiting Professor of Law at the Yale Law School, the University of Chicago Law School, and Cornell Law School. Her work traverses numerous legal fields, from intellectual property to human rights law and the First Amendment. She is a graduate from Stanford Law School.

The ROCK-IT! SCIENTISTS, are a west-coast DJ/Production tandem that first exploded onto the scene in 2006. In the past few years, with their rise as both DJs and Music Producers, the ROCK-IT! SCIENTISTS have catapulted themselves to the top echelon of DJs. They hold residencies in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Atlantic City and even internationally in the Dominican Republic, Canada, China & Taiwan. Thanks in part to their celebrity DJ status and larger-than-life remixes, the ROCK-IT! SCIENTISTS are now a household name for both live performances and stellar production.

The pair are a non-stop high-energy duo that is notorious for filling up dancefloors. Musically, their sets are filled with exclusive one of a kind remixes of crowd favorites with their own signature touch. Reworking such artists as Kanye West, Rihanna, Rage Against the Machine, LMFAO and countless others, their remixing takes a so-so track and transforms it into an in-your-face club anthem. Even artists such as Far East Movement, Martin Solveig, J. Cole and Wynter Gordon have called upon the remixing talents of the Rock-It! Scientists for official label releases.

With their prolific production schedule, the ROCK-IT! SCIENTISTS amass plenty of fodder for a yearly mix release. Appropriately named, these “Blast Off” mixes take the Open Format mix CD and raise the bar to Stratospheric heights. Focusing on a tracklist composed of entirely Rock-It! Scientists bootlegs & official releases, the mixes are regarded among their DJ peers and fans alike as “the best CDs they’ve ever heard.” As if breaking new ground in one genre wasn’t enough, in 2011 the ROCK-IT! SCIENTISTS introduced a new mix series: Sounds of Science. These mixes feature an all electronic/house music base, but still offer that signature “ROCK-IT” sound & creativity. Both mix series have received critical acclaim from

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