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To achieve its constitutional goals, all parts of the copyright system should work in harmony, including judicial, administrative, and congressional components.  At the same time, this complex legal system must be responsive to changes in society, particularly technological developments that affect the creation and exploitation of copyrighted works. There are signs that some aspects of this system are in need of updating and recalibration.  Congress’s last major overhaul of the Copyright Act was more than forty years ago.  Even Congress’s efforts to account for digital media and the Internet are nearly twenty years old.  Aspects of the Copyright Office may also need updating, due in large part to the challenges of the digital age.  For their part, courts often struggle to apply both statutes and precedent developed in another millennium to current disputes involving novel factual scenarios.  Drawing from the expertise of copyright owners, government officials, judges, lawyers, and academics, this conference will examine the challenges currently facing different parts of the copyright system and efforts to address these issues.  

The conference will take place on April 15, 2016, at the University of Baltimore John and Frances Angelos Law Center.  Coffee and lunch will be served, and directions to the University can be found here.   The conference is open to the public, and to help with our planning, please  register here.

The schedule for the conference is as follows:

  • 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.:  Registration and Coffee
  • 10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.:  Welcome
  • 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.:  Copyright Litigation Roundup of Cases
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.:  Copyright Views from the Bench
  • 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.:  Lunch and Keynote Address
  • 1:30 p.m. to 2:40 p.m.:  Copyright, the Copyright Office, and Administrative Agencies
  • 2:50 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.:  Copyright and Congress