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ALA Annual Copyright meetings.

ALA Annual meetings:
forwarded from:
Carrie Russell, Copyright Specialist
American Library Association

Saturday, June 15, 10:30 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.
Georgia World Convention Center A301

Our Common Wealth: Libraries, Copyright and the Fate of the Information

Speakers: David Bollier, Director of the Information Commons Project for
the New America Foundation and co-founder of Public Knowledge; Siva
Vaidhyanathan, Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
School of Library and Information Studies; and Kenneth Frazier, Director
of University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries.

Is your constitutional right to learn threatened?  Come hear ten things
you can do to save the information ecosystem.  Discover how a "maximalist"
copyright law is threatening freedom of expression and fair use in the
digital age.  The speakers will discuss the importance of a robust public
"media space" of commercial, amateur and fringe expression versus a
closed, centralized system controlled by large commercial interests.


Sunday, June 16, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Georgia World Convention Center  A411

The Creative Commons

Lawrence Lessig, Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and founder of
the School's Center for Internet and Society, is the author of The Future
of Ideas and Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace.  In 2001, he was again
listed among the "visionaries" on Business Week's "e.biz25," the
magazine's report on the 25 most influential people in electronic

In his presentation "The Creative Commons," Professor Lessig will explore
the importance of establishing and protecting a vital public domain of
creative works and finding a middle ground beyond the extremism that
dominates the current copyright debates.  Prof. Lessig will also present
the first L. Ray Patterson "Copyright Hero" award.

These programs are sponsored by the Office for Information Technology
Policy. The presenters will sign and sell their (discounted) books after
each program.

Silent Theft: The Private Plunder of Our Common Wealth by David Boller

Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How It
Threatens Creativity by Siva Vaidhyanathan

and both of Larry Lessig's books: Code and The Future of Ideas

Carrie Russell, Copyright Specialist
American Library Association
Office for Information Technology Policy
1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW  Suite 403
Washington, DC 20004-1701