An Introduction to Innovate / Activate (December 8, 2011)

Christopher Wong

Innovation is unquestionably important to society. Intellectual property (IP) regimes seek to provide incentives for such innovation. However, understanding the “inter-working” of IP regimes and innovation has led many individuals and organizations to the conclusion that such regimes are not working well, or at all, to encourage innovation. In the face of such perceived failures, active communities have formed to address the shortcomings. Read more…


Intellectual Property and Social Justice: An Invitation (December 8, 2011)

Lea Shaver

As someone who cares about social justice, what are your thoughts on intellectual property? You might think this is one area in which you can afford not to have an opinion. But I want to convince you otherwise. In fact, intellectual property policy lies at the heart of vital issues such as access to health care, democratic culture, economic growth and jobs, and the cost of almost everything consumers buy. Read more…


Best Practices in Fair Use: A Pragmatic and Effective Approach to Rebalancing Copyright Policy in Practice (December 8, 2011)

Patricia Aufderheide

As many scholars including Boyle, Lessig, Netanel, and McLeod have noted, copyright policy has, since the 1976 rewrite of the Copyright Act, become ever more unbalanced in favor of current copyright holders.1 Copyright terms have been extended to the point that copyrighted material evoking our own cultural experience is off-limits for unlicensed uses in our lifetimes. Read more…


Access to Cultural Property: Realigning Estate Planning with the Digital Age (December 8, 2011)

Jason Summerfield

This brief overview of my presentation at the Innovate / Activate unconference will set forth: (1) that we should care about continuous access to cultural property because the full potential of creative and scientific endeavors is dulled where access is lacking; (2) how mechanisms either bring tangible pieces to the public—display right and estate planning tools—or “trap” them in private collections; and (3) concerns to consider when setting forth means to increase digital access to cultural property. Read more…


Network Neutrality: Marketing Failure (December 8, 2011)

Shane Wagman

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are currently allowed to discriminate among the content and applications transported over their networks. Unfortunately, ISPs have taken advantage of the lack of government oversight to block innovative services posing a competitive threat, as well as to discriminate among the content flowing over their networks. Read more…