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Battling for Ownership:  Who Controls Music, Film, Publishing, and 
Visual Communications?

First Bi-Annual Conference, April 16-18, 2004
Boca Raton Marriott in Boca Raton, FL

Host:  Dorothy F. Schmidt, College of Arts and Letters, Florida 
Atlantic University
Conference Committee:  Michael Zager, Jeffrey Galin, Anthony Tamburri, 
Robert Davis, Heather Coltman, Angel DiCosola, Jean-Louis Baldet, Susan 
Reilly, Mark Scroggins, Eric Freedman

We invite abstracts for 20 minute presentations and complete panel and 
roundtable proposals on all aspects of intellectual property in music, 
film, publishing, and visual communications.  We especially encourage 
those that address issues across the commercial arts and/or their 
impact on the public good.  We offer the following questions as areas 
of particular interest:

•     What industry-specific intellectual property problems have 
cross-industry implications and how might solutions to these problems 
affect the industries and their consumers?

•     How are music, film, publishing, and visual communications industries 
addressing the conflicts between corporate rights to protect assets and 
public rights to fair-use and advancement of the public good?

•     How do specific cases like the RIAA’s suits against peer-to-peer 
music traders, Jon Johansen (developer of DVD decoding software), 
Kinko's (copying course packets for university students) affect 
copyright holders, legal doctrine, and cultural practices?

•     How should the industries that deal in the arts change as a result of 
new digital technologies, user habits and expectations, and the balance 
that must be maintained between encouraging creativity by giving 
exclusive property rights in creations and fostering a competitive 
market place by giving the freest possible public access to works of 
authorship and the ideas they encompass?  For example, how will 
industries like music continue to change in response to the changing 
roles of intellectual property online? Will most music be sold online, 
and if so how will illicit music trading be stopped?

•     In the first weeks of 2003 the Supreme Court upheld the Sonny Bono 
Act's twenty year extension of the 1976 Copyright Law, and the 
recording and technology industries reached a "landmark agreement" to 
address piracy concerns, meet consumer expectations, and forestall 
government regulation of digital copyrights.  How will such decisions 
affect the future of copyright and cultural production/exchange?  What 
implications will such national decisions have on global markets and 

Invited speakers will include:

Rosemary Coombe, Tier One Canada Research Chair in Law, Communication 
and Cultural Studies at York University in Toronto; Daphne Ireland, 
Intellectual Property Manager at Princeton University Press and Chair 
of the Copyright Committee for the American Association of University 
Publishers; Zachery Martin, Senior at Spanish River High School in Boca 
Raton; Bruce Phillips, Senior Acquisitions Editor for Music and Dance 
Books, Scarecrow Press, Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group; Kenneth 
Crews, Professor in the Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis 
and in the IU School of Library and Information Science, Associate Dean 
of the Faculties for Copyright Management, and Director of the 
Copyright Management Center at IUPUI; Jenny Toomey, Executive Director 
Future of Music Coalition; Robert Spoo, Copyrights Editor for the 
Journal of Modern  Literature and the  James Joyce Quarterly and a 
member of the intellectual property  group at the law firm of Doerner, 
Saunders, Daniel & Anderson in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Wendy Seltzer, Staff 
attorney for the Electronic Frontier  Foundation and founder of the 
Chilling Effects Project; Melanie Masterson, VP of Antipiracy at EMI 
Latin America; Ann Chaitovitz, National Director of Sound Recordings 
for the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) in 
Washington; Peter Dekom, Co-Chairman, American Cinematheque and former 
partner in the LA law firm of Bloom, Dekom, Hergott and Cook; Neil 
Crilly, Executive Director of the Florida Chapter of the National 
Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences NARAS

All abstracts and proposals (250 words) should be submitted in 
duplicate.  Please mail abstracts postmarked by December 1st to 
Professor Jeffrey R. Galin, Department of English, Florida Atlantic 
University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431 or sent via email to 
.  Tel: (561) 297-1221 Fax: (561) 297-3807

CONFERENCE INFORMATION Boca Raton Marriott, 5150 Town Center Circle, 
Boca Raton, FL 33486 (561-392-4600) (Fax 561-395-8258)
Rooms $79.00 + tax; single/double and $179 + tax; suite
NOTE:  You must mention the “Battling For Ownership” conference when 
making reservations.


5:30-6:30 Cocktail Hour (Music by Uwwalo Messengers)
6:30-7:30 Dinner
7:30-9:00 Keynote Speaker

8:30-10:00 Roundtable For The Entire Conference
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:45 Concurrent Sessions
11:45-12:00 Break
12:00-1:30 Boxed Lunch With Keynote Speaker
1:30-1:45 Break
1:45-3:15 Roundtable For Entire Conference
3:15-3:30 Break
3:30-5:00 Concurrent Sessions
5:00-8:00 Break
7:00-8:00 Reception Before FAU Symphony Performance (On FAU Campus)
8:00 Concert On FAU Campus

8:30-10:30 Policy And Proposal Action Groups
15-20 Breakout Sessions Addressing Predetermined Topics
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 Reports From Action Groups To Conference Body

Online resources for film/TV studies may be found at ScreenSite