Lectures, Panels, Conferences, Colloquia
by Barbara Cohen; excerpt from Technology in the Humanities
Volume 11, Issue 1, Winter, 2004.
of the Law: The English Copyright Debates and the Rhetoric
of the Public Domain
January 2, 2004
| 5-7 PM | 135 Humanities Instructional Building
Professor Rose has been active as an expert witness and
consultant in film and television copyright matters since
1980. During that time he
has been involved in more than thirty cases including recently
DANJAQ V. SONY, a widely-publicized case concerning the
James Bond movies. His experiences as an expert led to his
scholarly interest in the history of copyright. In addition
to a number of essays on copyright
history, he has published a well-known study of the emergence
of copyright in Britain in the eighteenth century, AUTHORS
THE INVENTION OF COPYRIGHT (Harvard UP, 1993), which was
a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
1989 to 1994 Professor Rose was Director of the University
of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) located
here at UCI.
talk, in preview to the Fine
Print conference on May 19-21, 2004, is free and open
to the public.
Conference: "Fine Print: Publishing in the Shadow of
May 19-21, 2004 | Visit the conference website
for a complete schedule, videos, and podcasts.
As our attention turns toward what will be one of the most
consequential Presidential campaigns in decades, we gather
to ask how book and journal publishing matters. It is our
conviction that the crescendo of conglomeration in the entertainment
and publishing industries continues to shape the way we
answer this question. Just as university libraries and academic
journals in the humanities have been squeezed by growing
monopolies in scientific publication, so too the trade presses
have undergone significant transformation, as beleaguered
houses cling precariously to the thin black margins that
keep them afloat within larger and more profitable corporations.
Many have had to moderate their tones, pander to their readers,
and downsize their offerings. Likewise the hard-hitting,
New Journalistic and literary "long form" of magazine
and journal reporting gives way to the pseudo-cerebral sound
bite, to the judiciously executed balancing acts of those
ever in need of more readers. Thus the range of opinion
available to a national audience consistently shrinks --
like the endangered public domain itself -- before the steady
advance of Big Media. We gather to ask what can be done.
conference will combine daily presentations by distinguished
writers and editors, and roundtable discussions that will
assemble representatives of different groups within the
industry. Roundtable discussions will be facilitated by
UCI faculty from the School of Humanities.
to speak are David Halberstam, Lawrence
Lessig, Victor Navasky and Michael
Wolff. In anticipation of the conference, David
Remnick, Editor-in-Chief of The New Yorker,
will speak at UCI the evening of May 14.
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