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Cultural Environmentalism at 10


March 11-12, 2006

Center for Internet and Society, Stanford Law School

Ten years ago, Duke Law Professor Jamie Boyle suggested that the history of the environmental movement offered powerful theoretical and practical lessons to those who sought to recognize the importance of the public domain, and to expose the harms caused by a relentlessly maximalist program of intellectual property expansion.

On March 11-12, 2006, Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society will host a symposium to explore the development and expansion of the metaphor of "cultural environmentalism" over the course of ten busy years for intellectual property law. We've invited four scholars to present original papers on the topic, and a dozen intellectual property experts to comment and expand on their works.

Molly Van Houweling explores voluntary manipulation of intellectual property rights as a tool for cultural environmentalism. Susan Crawford extends Boyle's analysis to the age of networks. Rebecca Tushnet, looks at the ways in which the law's impulse to generalize complicates the project of cultural environmentalism, and Madhavi Sunder looks at how the metaphor affects traditional knowledge. Professor Boyle will also offer some remarks, as will Stanford Law School's Professor Lawrence Lessig.

The event is free, but registration is required. We look forward to seeing you.

If you are looking for some background reading for the symposium, try Professor Boyle's paper The Second Enclosure Movement (pdf) or html. Also, the edited collection of essays on the public domain available here is quite excellent. His book Shamans, Software, and Spleens Law and the Construction of the Information Society would also make fun holiday reading.

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