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Law in the Information Age: Distinguished Professor of Law Pamela Samuelson

Thursday, October 14

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

SamuelsonProfessor Samuelson is recognized as a pioneer in digital copyright law, intellectual property, cyberlaw and information policy. She has written and spoken extensively about the challenges that new information technologies are posing for public policy and traditional legal regimes. Since 1996, she has held a joint appointment with the Berkeley Law School and the School of Information. She is the director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, serves on the board of directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and on advisory boards for the Public Knowledge, and the Berkeley Center for New Media. She is also an advisor for the Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic. Since 2002, she has also been an honorary professor at the University of Amsterdam.

Professor Samuelson will be speaking at the Annual Law in the Information Age lecture hosted by the UC Davis School of Law. Her lecture, "Is the Google Book Settlement the Copyright Reform We Need?," will discuss the numerous respects in which copyright law needs to be reformed.  The Google Book settlement will, if approved, accomplish some significant copyright reforms, including allowing orphan books to be made available, clarifying ownership rights as between authors and publishers as to e-books, extending library and archival privileges beyond what current law allows, and providing for a low-cost way to arbitrate copyright disputes.  But is this the copyright reform we need?  And are the social benefits the settlement may bring about worth the costs it may impose? 

MCLE Credit
This activity is approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of one hour, which applies to the elimination of bias credit. The University of California, Davis, School of Law (MCLE Provider #1127) certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing
minimum continuing legal education. Registration for MCLE credit will begin 30 minutes before the start of the lecture

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