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CIS Speaker 11/20: FUP and Codex

November 20, 2006 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Harry Surden is a resident fellow at the Stanford Center for Computers and the Law (Codex). He came to Codex following a clerkship at the United States District Court in San Francisco. Harry graduated from Stanford Law School in 2005, and prior to that, he worked as a software engineer for Cisco Systems and Bloomberg Financial Markets. Harry is the Stanford Center for Computers and the Law's inaugural resident fellow.

Anthony Falzone is the Executive Director of the Fair Use Project. Before that, he was a partner with Bingham McCutchen LLP where he specialized in intellectual property litigation. He has advised and defended a wide variety of individuals and companies including writers, publishers, musicians and video game makers on copyright, trademark, rights of publicity and other intellectual property matters.
CodeX
Learn about how Stanford Law School is at the forefront of interdisciplinary law and computer-science research. The Stanford Center for Computers and the Law (CodeX) is a multi-disciplinary research center jointly run by Stanford Law School and the Stanford School of Engineering. Taking advantage of multiple advances in computer theory over the last ten years, Codex aims to improve society's interaction with the law by applying new technologies to existing legal problems. Codex projects range from studying how to represent laws so that computers can understand and reason about them, to developing an online exchange where intellectual property rights can be bought and sold with little transaction cost. Stanford Law School is the first law school in the country to create such a collaborative engineering school /law school research center.

Fair Use Project
While technology has provided us with an unprecedented ability to participate in our culture by using, sharing and manipulating the content that helps create and define our culture, your right to participate in this culture in this manner is disappearing at an alarming rate. Copyright and other intellectual property protections have expanded radically in scope and duration. Enforcement as never been more aggressive. What was once a rich public domain has been all but eliminated. Will you have the right participate, or merely consume?

The future boundaries of Fair Use and related principles will largely shape the answer to that question. The Fair Use Project is a brand-new undertaking by Lawrence Lessig and the Center for Internet and Society. It's mission is to clarify, define and expand Fair Use rights and other related principles through litigation and other activities. Come hear what we're up to -- and how you can (and should) help.

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