david_postISOC-NY was pleased to co-sponsor, with the Copyright Society of the U.S.A.  NY Chapter, a  luncheon program on Oct 22 2009.  The speaker was David Post, author of In Search of Jeffersons Moose: Notes on the State of Cyberspace,  with whom ISOC-NY members should already be familiar.

Audio is here. Video is below.

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The Internet has become the dominant distribution channel for music, film, images, and text, but it is far beyond any technology the founders of this country even dreamed of — and we never seemed prepared for the next development. What does the Internet’s history — and history in general — tell us about where the Internet may be headed and what that will mean for copyright?

Prof. Post takes a fresh look at the Internet, including why Thomas Jefferson had a moose shipped to him in Paris while he was serving as US minister to France — and why we should care.

*Educators, librarians, and other interested parties can obtain a free DVD of this talk by emailing – ask for DVD1671.


DAVID G. POST is currently the I. Herman Stern Professor of Law at the Beasley School of Law at Temple University, where he teaches intellectual property law and the law of cyberspace. He is also a Fellow at the Center for Democracy and Technology, a Fellow of the Institute for Information Law and Policy at New York Law School, an Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute, and a contributor to “The Volokh Conspiracy” blog.

In addition to authoring “In Search of Jeffersons Moose: Notes on the State of Cyberspace”, Professor Post is also co-author of “Cyberlaw: Problems of Policy and Jurisprudence in the Information Age” (West, 2007) (with Paul Schiff Berman and Patricia Bellia), and numerous scholarly articles on intellectual property, the law of cyberspace, and complexity theory. He has been a regular columnist for “The American Lawyer” and “InformationWeek”; a commentator on the “Lehrer News Hour”, Court TVs “Supreme Court Preview”, NPRs “All Things Considered”, and the BBCs “World”; and recently was featured in the PBS documentary, “The Supreme Court”.

After receiving a Ph.D. in physical anthropology, Professor Post taught in the Anthropology Department at Columbia University before attending Georgetown Law Center, from which he graduated summa cum laude in 1986. After clerking with then-Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, he spent 6 years at the Washington D.C. law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, after which he clerked again for Justice Ginsburg during her first term at the Supreme Court (1993 1994), before joining the faculty of the Georgetown University Law Center (1994-1997) and then Temple University Law School (1997-present). Professor Post’s writings can be accessed online at

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