Sunday 9 October 2011

Conversations on Copyright to start by revisiting transformative use

Conversations on Copyright: an early use of
"transformative use" as a chat-up line ...
Here's a bit of excitement heading for Glasgow. On the afternoon of Thursday 20 October Professor Peter Jaszi (Washington College of Law, American University) is speaking on "Copyright and Fair Use in the US: ‘Transformativeness’ Twenty Years On". This is the inaugural event in Conversations on Copyright, a new seminar series co-organised by the University of Edinburgh, the University of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde. It brings internationally renowned academics and practitioners to Scotland to initiate new conversations on historical and contemporary copyright policy and practice, doctrine and theory.  According to the organisers:
"Prof Jaszi is the Faculty Director of the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property clinic at the Washington College of Law, American University. With Craig Joyce, Marshall Leaffer and Tyler Ochoa, he co-authors a standard copyright textbook, Copyright Law (Lexis, 7th ed., 2006). Alone and with Martha Woodmansee, he has written several articles on copyright history and theory; together they edited The Construction of Authorship, published by Duke University Press. In 1994, Professor Jaszi was a member of the Librarian of Congress’ Advisory Commission on Copyright Registration and Deposit, and in 1995 he was an organizer of the Digital Future Coalition. He is a Trustee of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., and a member of the editorial board of its journal. In 2007, he received the American Library Association’s L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award, and in 2009 the Intellectual Property Section of the District of Columbia Bar honoured him as the year’s Champion of Intellectual Property.

Since 2005, Professor Jaszi has been working with Professor Patricia Aufderheide of the American University’s Center for Social Media on projects designed to promote the understanding of fair use by documentary filmmakers and other creators. In 2006-07, he led an interdisciplinary research team, funded by the Ford Foundation, that investigated the connections between intellectual law and the traditional arts in Indonesia. He currently serves on the board of ITVS, an important funder of documentary film projects".
The event runs from 5.00pm to 7.00pm, but Professor Jaszi’s lecture doesn't start till 5.15pm. This means that if you arrive on time you can enjoy some conversations of your own first, To secure your place at this event please email Lilian Wright at

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