Intellectual property law depends on technological changes of Internet, FutureWeb panel leader Dave Levine says

26 04 2010

This week at FutureWeb2010, Dave Levine of Elon University School of Law and creator of “Hearsay Culture,” a technology and intellectual property law interview radio show/podcast at Stanford Law School, will lead the panel on the future of intellectual property and the Web.

Panelists will include Ann Bartow of the University of South Carolina School of Law, Eric Fink of Elon Law, Jacqui Lipton of Case Western Reserve University and Ira Nathenson of St. Thomas University School of Law.

“It will be a range (of topics) from concerns about copyrights and trademarks to speech privacy,” Levine said. “We’ll be talking about international issues…it’ll be a broad coverage.”

Levine said one of the biggest concerns with Internet property law today is the question of how to adapt current law to meet the changes the Internet and technology bring.

“Within the world of Internet law generally, there’s a running debate about whether we need Internet specific laws or whether currently written law is good enough to cover the field,” Levine said. “The Internet, of course, has a variety of impacts from distribution, to creativity, to innovation and abilities for companies to bring products to market more quickly, to communicate with customers and competitors and licensing partners.”

Levine said it must be decided if Internet-specific laws need to be implemented or whether current law is adequate enough to deal with the changing technological landscape.

He also said it is laws such as Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that will affect issues such as piracy. ACTA looks to establish international standards on intellectual-property-rights enforcement within participating countries and is currently being negotiated in Congress.

“….Intellectual property law… is increasingly impacted and impacts the Internet itself; it’s an interesting interaction,” he said. “Where IP law is capable of dealing with the questions that the Internet raises, depends largely on how much change technology has lost to traditional social relationships and legal relationships.”

Levine said this topic will mainly be what the panel will be discussing. “Areas where they see the Internet and IP law conflicting and as the call of the conference suggests,” he said. “Looking towards the future for what the law should do, what issues will arise and how they should be addressed.”

To learn more about the future of intellectual property and the Web, register for the FutureWeb conference. More details about the conference schedule and speakers can be found on the FutureWeb site.

-By Laura Smith

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