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Major Copyright Law Conference Marks Statute of Anne Anniversary

Marking the 300th anniversary of the Statute of Anne—the first modern copyright law—the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (BCLT) is hosting a conference April 9–10 at the Claremont Hotel and Resort to examine copyright law’s past and future.

Enacted in 1710 by the English Parliament, the Statute of Anne represented a notable departure from the pre-modern “copie-right” regime. It articulated a rationale for granting protection by vesting rights in authors, allowed copyright only in newly created books, and limited the initial copyright term to 14 years—followed by a second 14 years if the author was still living, after which the book entered the public domain.

The conference will explore the statute’s influence on the history and evolution of Anglo-American copyright tradition, and how lessons from that history might help surmount the myriad challenges facing copyright law in the 21st century. A two-day schedule for the event, which features an array of prominent scholars and other experts from various disciplines, is available here.

Guests can receive 12.25 hours of MCLE credit for attending the conference, which BCLT is co-sponsoring with Santa Clara University Law School’s High Tech Law Institute and the Berkeley Technology Law Journal.