Copyright Lecture in Pittsburgh

While I've been traveling this Spring and slowing building networks via Pittsburgh 2.0, I've also been planning some events at Pitt's law school. Here's one that may be interesting to the broader culture and tech communities in Pittsburgh:

On Thursday, March 20, Pitt Law will host the 2008 Distinguished Lecture in Intellectual Property Law, presented by Professor Jessica Litman of the University of Michigan.

Professor Litman is one of the country's leading authorities on copyright law; her recent work focuses on copyright's fair use doctrine and its relationship to contemporary problems of "personal use" -- as in using your digital content. Her lecture is titled "Copyright Reform." If you're an artist, librarian, designer, or technologist, you should find something interesting in what she has to say.

Professor Litman's website is here. Her recent and well-known book, Digital Copyright, can be purchased here.

In addition to being a superstar scholar, Professor Litman is a Pittsburgh native. Her brother, Harry Litman, was US Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and her mother, Roslyn Litman, was and is a leading lawyer in Pittsburgh and an alum of Pitt's law school.

The lecture is on Thursday, March 20 from 3 pm to 4:30 pm, in the moot court room at Pitt's law school. That's at the corner of Forbes and Bouquet in Oakland, across the street from the Original Hot Dog shop.

It's free and open to the public. If you're a lawyer and would like PA CLE credit, then the lecture has been approved for 1.5 hours of credit, and that will cost you a $25 fee, payable at the door. No RSVP is necessary. A brightly-colored postcard, which we mailed to Allegheny County lawyers, is reproduced here.

I hope to see you there.


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