The Internet Society – New York Chapter (ISOC-NY) was happy and interested to co-sponsor, with the Intellectual Property Law Society, a lunchtime lecture at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law on Monday Nov 2 2009. Eben Moglen, Chairman of the Software Freedom Law Center, spoke on the topic – “Patent Law at a Crossroads: Bilski and Beyond“.
The Intellectual Property Law Society at Cardozo School of Law kicked off its annual program by inviting former faculty member William F. Patry, now Senior Copyright Counsel at Google, to give a lunchtime talk based on his new book – ‘Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars’ (Oxford University Press). Patry is one of the most prolific writers around on the copyright topic having authored the 7-volume “Patry on Copyright” – a definitive work. In the new book he argues that copyright is a utilitarian government program – not a property or moral right. As a government program, copyright must be regulated and held accountable to ensure it is effectively serving its public purpose. The talk was descriptive rather than prescriptive but served to delineate anomalous areas deserving of fixes. Patry also professed a fondness for the simpler schemas of the 1909 act. Video/audio is available below.
Today: Tuesday, March 31st, Richard Stallman, the founder of the free software movement, will speak about the legitimate purpose of copyright in the context of modern technology and current legal trends. The event is open to all, so tell friends and associates and we will fill the auditorium. No RSVP is necessary.
When: 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 31s
Where: Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Moot Court Room (1st Floor)
55 Fifth Avenue (near 12th Street),