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HumaniText by Barbara Cohen; excerpt from Technology in the Humanities Volume 11, Issue 1, Winter, 2004.


Lecture: "Nine-Tenths 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 AND OWNERS:
THE INVENTION OF COPYRIGHT (Harvard UP, 1993), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

From 1989 to 1994 Professor Rose was Director of the University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) located here at UCI.

This 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 Big Media
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.

The 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.

Scheduled 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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