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Cato event on Wednesday on DMCA, digital copyright

Cato event on Wednesday on DMCA, digital copyright
Cato event on Wednesday on DMCA, digital copyright

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Subject: RE: [Politech] Congress readies new bill to expand DMCA,not 
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Date: Mon, 24 Apr 2006 20:53:08 -0400
From: Jim Harper  
To: Declan McCullagh  
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Chairman Smith will address the "Copyright Controversies" conference 
Wednesday at The Cato Institute, and we will have a panel dedicated to 
the DMCA.  Information below.  For those not in the D.C. area, the event 
will be Webcast live and podcast afterwards.

Conference page with registration form: 

Jim Harper
Director on Information Policy Studies
The Cato Institute

The Cato Institute invites you to a half-day conference

Copyright Controversies
Freedom, Property, Content Creation, and the DMCA

Wednesday, April 26, 2006
F. A. Hayek Auditorium
Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C.

      There are substantial debates under way about intellectual 
property, and copyright in particular.  Is intellectual property founded 
in a natural right to ownership of information?  Is it a utilitarian 
tool to give incentive to creation?  Or is it a counterproductive 
monopoly on ideas?  The advance of technology has changed the creative 
process in many ways.  Is copyright consistent with new modes of 
creation?  Finally, there are questions about how copyright laws are 
enforced.  The Digital Millennium Copyright Act amended the law to 
accommodate the advance of the Internet, but it remains highly 
controversial in some circles.  There are differences of opinion among 
thoughtful people on all these issues.  Join us at a conference designed 
to expose the issues and raise the question: What should we think of 

8:30-9:00 a.m.		REGISTRATION

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), Chairman, Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, 
and Intellectual Property of the House Committee on the Judiciary
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Member, Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, 
and Intellectual Property of the House Committee on the Judiciary

9:30-10:30 a.m.		PANEL I- Foundations of Copyright
Moderator: Drew Clark, Senior Writer, National Journal's Technology Daily
Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies, The Cato Institute
Jim DeLong, Senior Fellow, Director of the Center for the Study of 
Digital Property, The Progress & Freedom Foundation
David K. Levine, Coauthor, Against Intellectual Monopoly

10:30-10:45 a.m.		BREAK

10:45-11:45 a.m.		PANEL II- Copyright and Technology
Moderator: Kevin Maney, Technology Columnist, USA Today
Gregory Lastowka, Coauthor, "Amateur to Amateur: The Rise of a New 
Creative Culture"
Michael Masnick, President and CEO, TechDirt Corporate Intelligence
Patrick Ross, Senior Fellow, Vice President for Communications and 
External Affairs, The Progress & Freedom Foundation

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.	PANEL III- The Digital Millennium Copyright Act
Moderator: Sarah Lai Stirland, Senior Writer, National Journal's 
Technology Daily
Tim Lee, Author, "Circumventing Competition: The Perverse Consequences 
of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act"
Solveig Singleton, Senior Adjunct Fellow, The Progress & Freedom Foundation
Emery Simon, General Counsel, Business Software Alliance
Gary Shapiro, President, Consumer Electronics Association

12:45-1:45 p.m.		LUNCHEON

Cato events, unless otherwise noted, are free of charge.
To register, visit, e-mail, 
fax (202) 371-0841, or call (202) 789-5229 by 12:00 noon, Tuesday, April 25.
News media inquiries only (no registrations), please call (202) 789-5200.
If you cannot make it to the Cato Institute, watch this Conference live 
online at 

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