Archive for ‘Colloquia and Symposia’

March 7, 2016

Sheff Presents at Cardozo AELJ Symposium

Jeremy Sheff

Jeremy Sheff

On February 26, Professor Jeremy Sheff was a panelist at the Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal Symposium: “New Impressions on Advertising Law”.  Professor Sheff participated in a panel on Native Advertising, where his comments addressed the empirical and normative foundations of FTC policy requiring disclosures of sponsored content in digital media.

March 4, 2016

Sheff Presents at WIPIP Colloquium

Jeremy Sheff

Jeremy Sheff

On February 20, Professor Jeremy Sheff presented an excerpt of his forthcoming book project, “Valuing Progress,” at the 2016 Works in Progress in Intellectual Property (WIPIP) Colloquium at the University of Washington School of Law.  The presentation, entitled “Progress for Future Persons,” considered the problem of setting innovation and creativity policy in a way that takes into account the interests of people who have not yet come into existence—and whose very existence may in fact be influenced by the policies we adopt today.  Professor Sheff blogged about this presentation, and slides of the presentation are also available.

September 17, 2015

Subotnik Speaks at Savannah Law School’s Colloquium on “The Walking Dead”

Later this week, Professor Eva Subotnik will be presenting her work-in-progress, Artistic Control

Eva Subotnik

Eva Subotnik

After Death, at a colloquium entitled “The Walking Dead.”  The two-day program, hosted by Savannah Law School in Savannah, GA, will bring together legal scholars to discuss an array of topics relating to how death, and the fear of death, affect the law of the living.  Professor Subotnik will be speaking on the “Rights of the Dead” Panel, in which she will discuss the extent to which authors and artists should be able to execute enforceable instructions about the uses of their works following their deaths.  Information about the program is available here. The abstract follows:

To what extent should authors be able to control what happens to their literary, artistic, and musical creations after they die?  Looked at through the lens of general succession law trends, there is some evidence to suggest that strong control is warranted.  The weakening of the Rule Against Perpetuities, the rise of the honorary trust, and the availability of conditional bequests all portray a tightening grip of the dead hand.  And yet, an unconstrained ability of the dead to determine future uses of works of art,music, and literature seems fundamentally troubling.  This article situates the instructions given by authors with respect to literary and artistic works within the types of instructions given by decedents with respect to other bequests.  In particular, it considers whether the use of a fiduciary duty to ensure artistic control is an appropriate and enforceable maneuver.  Weighing in favor ofsuch enforcement, arguably, are the natural and personhood rights of author-testators as well as the possible up-front incentive effects on them.  Weighing against, arguably, are the natural and personhood rights of others as well as the possible long-term effects on cultural development.  In balancing these competing interests, this article considers, among other things, the demands of both federal copyright policy and state trust and right of publicity laws.  In the end, it argues that authorial instructions must yield to the needs of the development of culture.  Such a view requires that some living person(s) be in a position to make decisions about the uses of literary and artistic works.

December 22, 2014

Barrett Lecture at Marburg Conference on Defense Counsel in International Criminal Courts

On December 3, 2014, Professor John Q. Barrett delivered a lecture, “Justice Jackson, the IMT & OMGUS:  Delivering ‘the SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESassistance of Counsel’ to the Nuremberg Defendants,” at a conference on “The Defence in International Criminal Courts”at Philipps Universität in Marburg, Germany.  The lecture will be published next year, in a conference volume,  by T.M.C. Asser Press.

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