MEDIA ADVISORY: UCI Law to Host 6th Annual Intellectual Property Conference: "The Discursive Turn in Copyright"


IRVINE, Calif. – The University of California, Irvine School of Law will host its annual intellectual property law conference featuring expert panels discussing the "Discursive Turn in Copyright." The conference will be livestreamed, and a video recording will be available following the event.

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m PT.

WHERE: UC Irvine School of Law, EDU 1111, (map and directions).

LIVESTREAM also available here >

WHAT: Copyright law is explicitly directed toward protection of artistic and aesthetic works, and is intended to provide a legal regime that fosters expressive authorship. But this interaction runs both ways; as copyright doctrine is adapted to the arts and humanities, so our understanding of arts and the humanities illuminates our understanding of copyright law. In this conference program, our speakers explore how theories of literary and expressive works may be applied to the interpretation and application of copyright law, so as to better promote the progress of the expressive arts.

WHO: Led by UCI Chancellor's Professor of Law Dan Burk, the schedule includes the following panelists and sessions:

8:30 a.m. Welcome

8:45-9:45 a.m. Session 1
Laura A. Heymann, William & Mary Law School 
Reader Response and the Challenges of (Re)Appropriation
Commentator: Kavita Philip, UC Irvine 

9:45-10:00 a.m. Morning Break

10:00-11:00 a.m. Session 2
Betsy Rosenblatt, Whittier College
Fair Use as Resistance
Commentator: Joseph Jenkins, UC Irvine

11:00-11:15 a.m. Morning Break

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Session 3
Simon Stern, University of Toronto
Authors v. Booksellers? Fictional Enforcement of Copyright Law in Eighteenth-Century Britain
Commentator: Mark Rose, UC Santa Barbara

12:15-1:30 p.m. Lunch—Keynote
Barton Beebe, New York University
Copyright and the Aesthetic in Star Athletica 
Introduction: R. Anthony Reese, UCI Law

1:30-2:30 p.m. Session 4
Zahr Said, University of Washington
The Task of the Jury Instructor: Copyright Litigation Viewed through Translation Theory
Commentator: Brook Thomas, UC Irvine

2:30-2:45 p.m. Afternoon Break

2:45-3:45 p.m. Session 5
Annemarie Bridy, University of Idaho
Fearless Girl Meets Charging Bull: Copyright and the Regulation of Intertextuality
Commentator: Ellen Burt, UC Irvine

3:45-4:00 p.m. Afternoon Break

4:00-5:00 p.m. Session 6
Jessica Silbey, Northeastern University
Justifying Copyright in the Age of Digital Reproduction: The Case of Photographers
Commentator: James Nisbet, UC Irvine

REGISTRATION: To register to attend the event in person, click here.


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