April 2010 Copyright @ 300

Event held at Claremont Hotel Club & Spa

April 9-10, 2010

The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, in conjunction with the High Tech Law Institute of Santa Clara University Law School and the Berkeley Technology Law Journal, will host a two-day conference on April 9–10, 2010 to explore the past and future of copyright law. The event features an outstanding array of scholars and other experts from various disciplines.

2010 will mark the 300th anniversary of The Statute of Anne, the first modern copyright law. Enacted in 1710 by the English Parliament, the statute represented a marked departure from the Stationers Company’s pre-modern “copie-right” regime which preceded it. Among other things, the Statute of Anne articulated a rationale for a grant of protection—encouraging learned men to write books; it vested rights in authors; it allowed copyright only in newly created books; and it limited the term of copyright to an initial term of fourteen years (followed by a second fourteen years if the author was still living at the end of the first term), after which the book entered the public domain.

The tricentennial of the Statute of Anne is a suitable occasion for looking back at the law’s influence on the history and evolution of the Anglo-American copyright tradition. It is also an opportunity to look forward—to explore how the lessons from this history might help us surmount the challenges that lie ahead for copyright law in the twenty-first century.

The symposium is additionally sponsored by the Copyright Society of the USA and their Northern California Chapter.

For a complete list of confirmed speakers, click here.

12.25 hours MCLE credit will be available for attendees of the conference.


TAP Review: Day One – Copyright @ 300: Looking Back at the Statute of Anne and Looking Forward to Challenges of the Future – from June 9, 2010

o   Day Two – Copyright @ 300: Looking Back at the Statute of Anne and Looking Forward to Challenges of the Future – from June 10, 2010

o   Looking Forward: What Challenges Does Copyright Face in the Twenty-First Century? – from June 10, 2010

o   Limitations & Exceptions, Consumer Protection, and Competition Policy – from June 10, 2010  

o   The Purposes of Copyright as They Have Evolved Over Time – from June 8, 2010

o   The Expansion of Copyright Subject Matter and Scope Over Time – from June 8, 2010