Date/Time: 28/04/2006 12:00 am
This is the last reminder to reserve a space for THE COMEDIES OF FAIR USE
conference. This event has now been advertised in The New Yorker Magazine
and will be in the “weekend” events section of Friday’s New York Times. If
you have not already done so, call 212-998-2100, and leave your name to
reserve a space. Keep in mind that even with reservations, the event is
first come, first seated. We’ll see you then!
The New York Institute for the Humanities THE COMEDIES OF FAIR USE April
28-30, 2006 All events located in: Hemmerdinger Hall, 100 Washington Square
East, New York, NY 10003
THE COMEDIES OF FAIR USE
FRIDAY, APRIL 28 7:30pm-7:45pm Introductory remarks: Robert
7:45pm-9:30pm Lawrence Lessig on The Current State of Fair Use
with responses by Allan Adler and Hugh Hansen
Siva Vaidhyanathan (moderator)
SATURDAY, APRIL 29 9:30am -10:00am Introductory remarks: Lawrence
(Note: Lawrence Lessig and Judge Kozinski will comment as the day
10:00am-11:30am Art Joy Garnett, Susan
Mieselas, Art Spiegelman, Lebbeus Woods, Carrie
McLaren, Joel Wachs Lawrence Weschler (moderator)
11:45am-1:15pm The Permissions Maze Geoff Dyer,
Susan Bielstein, Allan Adler Robert Boynton
2:30pm-3:15pm Screening of short films: films from the 826 NYC kids and
the Free Culture remix contest. Comments on the issues they raise by Leon
Friedman and Charles Sims.
3:30pm-4:45pm Documentary Film Amy Sewell,
Aufderheide, Hugh Hansen, Errol Morris, Charles Sims
James Boyle (moderator)
5:00pm-6:30 Music Lawrence Ferrara, Paul
Miller (aka DJ Spooky), Hank Shocklee, Claudia
Gonson Kembrew McLeod (moderator)
SUNDAY, APRIL 30 9:30am-9:45am Introductory remarks: Siva Vaidhyanathan
9:45am-11:15am Now Where Are We? Lewis Hyde,
Jonathan Lethem, James Boyle Siva
11:30am-1:00pm What Is To Be Done? Judge
Pat Aufderhide, Carrie McLaren Lawrence Weschler
Allan Adler is Vice President for Legal and Governmental Affairs in the
Washington, D.C. office of the Association of American Publishers (AAP),
where he deals with intellectual property, freedom of speech, new
and other industry-related issues. Prior to that, he variously served as
Legislative Counsel to the American Civil Liberties Union (1981-1989),
presenting testimony before various committees of Congress on a broad range
of issues concerning the public’s right to obtain and disseminate
information; staff attorney with the Center for National Security Studies
(1978-1981); and Staff Director for The Reporters Committee for Freedom of
the Press (1977-1978).
Pat Aufderheide is professor in the School of Communication at American
University in Washington, D.C., and the director of the Center for Social
Media there. She is the author most recently of The Daily Planet and of
Communications Policy in the Public Interest. She has served as a juror at
the Sundance Film Festival; on the board of directors of the Independent
Television Service, which produces innovative television programming for
underserved audiences under the umbrella of the Corporation for Public
Broadcasting; and on the editorial boards of a variety of publications,
including Communication Law and Policy and In These Times newspaper.
Fred Benenson co-founded Free Culture @ NYU during his senior year while he
was studying philosophy and computer science. After graduating in May of
2005, he worked as the Free Culture intern at Creative Commons. In the
of 2006, he will begin NYU’s ITP program at the Tisch School of the Arts.
Susan Bielstein is the executive acquiring editor for art, architecture,
classics, and film at the University of Chicago Press. A published writer
of fiction and nonfiction, she has just completed a book about the
permissions culture of our time, titled Permissions, A Survival Guide:
Talk about Art as Intellectual Property, forthcoming in May.
James Boyle, the William Neal Reynolds Professor of Law at Duke Law School
and co-founder of the Center for the Study of the Public Domain, is the
author of Shamans, Software and Spleens: Law and the Construction of the
Information Society, and a Board Member of both Creative Commons (which is
working to facilitate the free availability of art, scholarship, and
cultural materials by developing innovative, machine-readable licenses
individuals and institutions can attach to their work), and Science
which aims to expand the Creative Commons mission into the realm of
scientific and technical data. His most recent publication is Bound By
a jointly authored comic book on fair use in documentary film.
Robert S. Boynton, the director of the graduate magazine journalism program
at New York University and a regular contributor to the New York Times
Magazine, among others, is author of The New New Journalism, and was the
co-convenor (with Mr. Weschler) of this conference.
Inga Chernyak is a junior in the Gallatin School of Individualized study.
She co-founded the NYU chapter of Free Culture in her freshman year, and
been fighting the good fight ever since. In the future, she hopes to write
some manner of treatise in the field of moral philosophy, represent Fred
Benenson in the monumental copyright suit he will inevitably bring upon
himself, and turn down Jack Valenti when he offers to buy her a drink.
Geoff Dyer’s many books include But Beautiful, Paris Trance, Out of Sheer
Rage (on never quite being able to write a book on D.H. Lawrence), Yoga
People Who Can’t Be Bothered To Do It, and, most recently, The Ongoing
(on photography). He lives in London.
Lawrence Ferrara, a pianist, music theorist, and expert in music copyright,
is Professor of Music at NYU, where he has been Chair of the Department of
Music and Performing Arts for eleven years. In addition, he has served as
frequent consultant to both plaintiffs and defendants in music copyright
claims and in that capacity regularly gets engaged by all of the major
record and music publishing companies as well as many independent entities.
Joy Garnett is a painter based in New York. She studied at L’Ecole
des Beaux Arts in Paris and received her MFA from The City College of New
York. Her work is exhibited widely in the U.S. and abroad, and has been
reproduced in numerous publications including Harper’s , Perspecta, and
Cabinet Magazine. For more information go to:
http://joygarnett.com Claudia Gonson is a musician
music manager, who manages and plays in The Magnetic Fields. She also
manages Stephin Merritt’s other bands, The 6ths, Future Bible Heroes and
Gothic Archies, and sings in Future Bible Heroes. She lives in Brooklyn New
York Hugh Hansen teaches courses in advanced copyright law, trademark law,
intellectual property law and U.S. constitutional law at Fordham Law
School. He is the founder and director of the Fordham Annual Conference
International Intellectual Property Law and Policy, author of NY
Property Handbook (Lexis Nexis 2006) and editor of seven volumes in a
entitled International Intellectual Property Law & Policy.
Lewis Hyde is a cultural critic with a special interest in the public life
the imagination. His 1983 book, The Gift, is an enquiry into the
of creative artists in a commercial society. His more recent work,
Trickster Makes This World (1998), is a portrait of the the kind of
disruptive imagination needed to keep any culture flexible and lively. A
MacArthur fellow, Hyde is currently the Richard L. Thomas Professor of
Creative Writing at Kenyon College and a Fellow of the Berkman Center for
Internet and Society at the Harvard Law School.
Judge Alex Kozinski, a graduate of the UCLA Law School who clerked for
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy and Chief Justice Warren Burger, was
appointed United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit on November
Lawrence Lessig, whose work can be said to have inspired this entire
conference, is a Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and founder of
school’s Center for Internet and Society. Prior to joining the Stanford
faculty, he was the Berkman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and a
Professor at the University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner
on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the
States Supreme Court. Professor Lessig represented web site operator Eric
Eldred in the ground-breaking case Eldred v. Ashcroft, a challenge to the
1998 Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act. Professor Lessig is the
of Free Culture (2004), The Future of Ideas (2001) and Code and Other Laws
of Cyberspace (1999). He chairs the Creative Commons project, and serves
the board of the Free Software Foundation, the Electronic Frontier
Foundation, the Public Library of Science, and Public Knowledge.
Jonathan Lethem is the author of The Fortress of Solitude and six other
novels. His fifth novel, Motherless Brooklyn, won the National Book
Circle Award and has been translated into fifteen languages. He’s also the
author of two collections of short stories, a collection of essays, and a
novella, and edited The Vintage Book of Amnesia. A recent MacArthur fellow,
he lives in Brooklyn and Maine.
Carrie McLaren is the editor and publisher of Stay Free!, a Brooklyn-based
magazine and blog focused on American media and consumer culture
(www.stayfreemagazine.org). She is also the curator of the Illegal Art
Exhibit, a multimedia art show and website devoted to copyright reform.
(www.illegal-art.org). A former advertising columnist for the Village
her writing has also appeared in Newsday, Mother Jones, Time Out NY, and
SPIN magazine, among others. She lives in Brooklyn.
Kembrew McLeod is an independent documentary filmmaker and a media studies
scholar at the University of Iowa whose work focuses on both popular music
and the cultural impact of intellectual property law. His books include
Owning Culture: Authorship, Ownership and Intellectual Property Law (2001)
and Freedom of Expression®: Overzealous Copyright Bozos and Other Enemies
Creativity (2005). Money For Nothing: Behind the Business of Pop Music
(2000) was McLeod’s first documentary, and he is currently working on two
other documentaries on free speech, fair use, and, as he puts it,
and Repression in the Age of Intellectual Property.
Susan Meiselas, who received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and her
M.A. in visual education from Harvard University, joined Magnum Photos in
1976 and has worked as a freelance photographer since then. A MacArthur
fellow, she is perhaps best known for her coverage of human rights issues
Latin America, images from which have been published widely throughout the
world. Her books include Nicaragua, June 1978-July 1979 and Kurdistan: In
Shadow of History.