Long Arm of the Law at the Charleston Conference

I’ll be presenting tomorrow (Nov. 7, 2014) at the “Long Arm of the Law” program at the Charleston Conference, with Bill Hannay, and Ann Okerson moderating. I get to do copyright ….

http://2014charlestonconference.sched.org/event link

Panel description:

This is the 4th year of the Charleston Conference’s legal update session. We wondered if there would be enough to report (no big supreme court cases this time around), but… with copyright and legal matters, there’s always something compelling. Our two legal panelists (one new to Charleston and the other a repeat offender on this panel!) will offer views and insights on topics such as:

  • The Wolters Kluwer-Aspen Law Connected Casebook program, in which casebooks would come with access to Aspen’s digital platform, offering wonderful digital bells and whistles. However, students would be required to return the print books to Aspen at the end of the term. How do business models such as this relate to copyright law: Do they undermine it? Are they contractual and therefore over-ride the law?
  • In the 2013 case of White v. West Publishing, two of the world’s largest for-profit publishers asserted fair use over ingestion of millions of briefs into their databases, to which they sell full-text access. In February 2013, the court issued a brief notice that it had decided the case in the publishers’ favor, and in July 2014, the district court issued a memorandum explaining that three of four fair use factors weighed in favor of fair use, while the remaining factor was neutral. “For profit re-use” — how do we understand this case?
  • In May 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union famously ruled on the “Right to be Forgotten,” meaning that “Individuals have the right – under certain conditions – to ask search engines to remove links with personal information about them.” Is this good for privacy? Libraries? Are there any parallels in the US?

Come to hear about these and other topics that our expert panelists will thoughtfully explicate, leaving time to ask questions.

William Hannay
Partner, Schiff Hardin LLC
William M. Hannay regularly represents corporations and individuals in civil and criminal matters, involving federal and state antitrust law and other trade regulation laws. He is an Adjunct Professor, teaching courses at IIT/Chicago-Kent law school in antitrust, intellectual property, and international business transactions, and is the author or editor of several books on antitrust and intellectual property law, including “The Corporate Counsel’s Guide to Unfair Competition,” soon to…

Ann Okerson
Senior Advisor to CRL, Center for Research Libraries
Ann Okerson joined the Center for Research Libraries in fall 2011 as Senior Advisor on Electronic Strategies, working with that organization to reconfigure and redirect various existing programs into digital mode. Previous experience includes 15 years as Associate University Librarian for Collections & International Programs at Yale University; prior to that she worked in the commercial sector, and also for 5 years as Senior Program Officer for Scholarly Communications at the…

Laura Quilter
Copyright and Scholarly Communications Librarian, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Laura Quilter is the copyright and information policy attorney/librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She works with the UMass Amherst community on copyright and related matters, equipping faculty, students, and staff with the understanding they need to navigate copyright, fair use, open access, publishing, and related issues. Laura maintains a teaching appointment at Simmons College School of Library & Information Science, and has previously taught at UC…

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