Lectures & Events

Creativity without Law
The Center for Law, Technology & the Arts Symposium
Arthur W. Fiske Distinguished Lecture Series
Co-sponsored by the Harvard University Berkman Center for Internet & Society
NOV 7, 2014
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Moot Courtroom (A59)
CLE Credit
6 hours of in-person CLE credit available, pending approval
$100.00 for Case Law Alumni
$200.00 for all other attorneys

The event will focus on the growing body of scholarship examining the on-the-ground practices of creators and innovators. That scholarship challenges intellectual property orthodoxy by suggesting that incentives for creative production often exist in the absence of, or in disregard for, formal legal protections. Instead, many communities rely on evolving social norms and market responses to ensure creative incentives. From tattoo artists to medical researchers, Nigerian filmmakers to roller derby players, these communities demonstrate how creativity can thrive without legal incentives, and perhaps more strikingly, that some creative communities prefer self regulation to law. We will consider both the merits and limitations of this line of research. We expect the conference to offer important practical insights for lawyers who represent clients in creative fields, helping them understand doctrinal limits on IP protection as well as the non legal considerations that shape client motivations, expectations, and business decisions.
Additional Information
Advance Registration required.
CLE Credit Fee: $100/CWRU Law Alumni.
$200/Non-CWRU Law Alumni.
General registration free and open to the public.

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration/Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Welcome and conference overview
Aaron Perzanowski, Associate Professor of Law
Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Kate Darling, IP Research Specialist (MIT)
Fellow, Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Fellow, Yale Information Society Project
9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. (45 minutes) Panel 1: Innovation in Food and Drink
Christopher Buccafusco, Associate Professor of Law
Co-Director of the Center for Empirical Studies
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

Matthew Schurers, Vice-President for Law & Policy
Computer & Communication Industry Association
Adjunct Professor for Law and Policy
Georgetown University School of Law
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. (45 minutes) Panel 2: Healthcare Innovation
Michael Mattioli, Associate Professor of Law
Indiana University School of Law

Katherine Strandberg, Alfred B. Engelberg Professor Law
New York University School of Law
10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (45 minutes) Panel 3: Countercultural Creativity: Tattoos and Graffiti
Aaron Perzanowski, Associate Professor of Law
Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Marta Iljadica, Lecturer in Law
University of Southampton Law School
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (45 minutes) Panel 4: Creative Strategies in the Nigerian and Adult Film Industries
Olufunmilayo B. Arewa, Professor of Law & Anthropology
University of California, Irvine

Kate Darling, IP Research Specialist (MIT)
Fellow, Harvard Berkman left for Internet & Society
Fellow, Yale Information Society Project
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (90 minutes) Panel 5: Parallels and Future Research
Benjamin Mako Hill, Assistant Professor
University of Washington Department of Communcation

Michael Madison, Professor of Law & Faculty Director
University of Pittsburgh School o f Law

Betsy Rosenblatt, Assistant Professor of Law
Director, Center for Intellectual Property
Whittier Law School
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (90 minutes) Panel 6: Implications, Reform, and Critiques
David Fagundes, Professor of Law
Southwestern Law School

Malavika Jayaram, Lawyer
Fellow, Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society
Fellow, Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore, India

Christopher Sprigman, Professor of Law
New York University School of Law

Jennifer Rothman, Professor of Law
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Final speaker summation, Q & A
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