Copyright Clearance Center to Hold New Copyright Symposium; Thinkers, Artists to Debate IP Trends in the Arts, Society, Technology, Law
Copyright Clearance Center

Copyright Clearance Center to Hold New Copyright Symposium;
Thinkers, Artists to Debate IP Trends in the Arts, Society, Technology, Law

DANVERS, Mass., April 15, 2008—Are new internet technologies and copyright destined for perpetual conflict?

How will copyright law change in reflection of the new ways people access and share content, and what will those changes mean for the music, film and publishing industries?

What new attitudes toward copyright are emerging in our society at large as we move forward in the digital age?

What do changes in technology, law and society mean for artists and writers who produce copyrighted content?

These are some of the critical issues that will be addressed at Copyright Clearance Center's OnCopyright 2008 symposium, Thursday, May 1st at the Union League Club, 38 East 37th St., New York.

OnCopyright 2008 will bring together thought leaders and change agents to exchange ideas about where copyright is headed and what those changes mean for the future of written works, music, movies and other types of intellectual property.

The symposium will be organized around four themes: technology, society, law and the arts. The technology panel will focus on digital technologies that challenge established rules for content distribution and sharing. The panel focused on society will consider how these developments impact social norms and behaviors. The law panel will look at how copyright law can influence or be influenced by these developments, and the arts panel will feature writers and other artists discussing the significance of these trends to them.

Speakers will include: Suzanne Vega, singer-songwriter; Michael Carroll, Professor of Law, Villanova University School of Law; Jonathan Lethem, bestselling author, novelist and essayist; Allan Adler, Vice President, Legal & Governmental Affairs, Association of American Publishers; Kevin O'Kane, President & Founder, Red Lasso; Matt Mason, author, The Pirate's Dilemma; Jim Griffin, Warner Music; Mark Tribe, Assistant Professor, Modern Culture & Media Studies, Brown University; Douglas Rushkoff, author, teacher, documentarian; Tim Wu, professor, Columbia Law School; Paul Fakler, Partner, Moses & Singer LLP; Stanley Pierre-Louis, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Intellectual Property & Content Protection, Viacom Inc.; Clay Shirky, author, Here Comes Everybody.

"OnCopyright 2008 promises to be one of the year's most important conferences on intellectual property," said Tracey Armstrong, CCC's President and Chief Executive Officer. "How we address copyright will have important implications for business, the arts and academics. Our symposium will stimulate thoughtful dialogue and healthy debate on the complexities of copyright, where content, technology, the law and public opinion intersect."

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About Copyright Clearance Center
Copyright Clearance Center, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, creates innovative licensing solutions for the seamless sharing of knowledge. CCC's licensing services, combined with its Web-based applications and tools, allow tens of millions of people in corporations, universities, law firms and government agencies to use and share published information with ease. Since its founding as a not-for-profit company in 1978, CCC has created and expanded the markets and systems that facilitate content reuse and the distribution of royalties to publishers and authors around the world. By offering rights to millions of the world's most sought-after publications, the company plays a major role in the global knowledge economy and encourages support for the principles of copyright. For more information please visit

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