The 1909 Copyright Act marked a revolution in U.S. copyright law. The 1909 Act was the first to protect works upon publication with notice, without prior registration; the first to expressly recognize a right to prepare derivative works; and the first to expressly recognize the public domain. The 1909 Act remained in effect for seven decades, during which time copyright law was repeatedly called upon to deal with the disruptive effect of new technologies, such as motion pictures, sound recordings, radio and television, photocopy machines, and computers. As a result, the 1909 Act had a significant influence on the copyright law we have today.

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Thursday, April 30th
8:45 AM

Keynote Address

Marybeth Peters, Register of Copyrights

8:45 AM - 9:15 AM

9:15 AM

Copyrightable Subject Matter, Infringement and Remedies

Tomas Gomez-Arostegui, Lewis and Clark Law School
Howard Abrams, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Michael Carroll, Villanova University School of Law
Jessica Litman, University of Michigan School of Law
Pamela Samuelson, University of California Berkeley School of Law

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM

10:45 AM

Authorship and Ownership

Devan Desai, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Justin Hughes, Yeshiva University Cardozo School of Law
Roberta Rosenthal-Kwall, DePaul University College of Law
Marshall Leaffer, Indiana University School of Law
Tony Reese, University of Texas School of Law

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

12:00 PM

Keynote Address II

William Patry, Google

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

1:15 PM


David Carson, United States Copyright Office
Tyler Ochoa, Santa Clara University School of Law
Christopher Sprigman, University of Virginia School of Law
John Tehranian, Chapman University School of Law
Elizabeth Townsend-Gard, Tulane University School of Law
Alfred Yen, Boston College Law School

1:15 PM - 2:45 PM

3:00 PM

Exclusive Rights and Limitations, Part I

David Olson, Boston College Law School
Jon A. Baumgarten, Proskauer Rose LLP
Oren Bracha, University of Texas School of Law
Julie Cohen, Georgetown University Law Center
Daniel Gervais, Vanderbilt University Law School
Ruth Okediji, University of Minnesota Law School

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

4:45 PM

Exclusive Rights and Limitations, Part II

Steven Wilf, University of Connecticut Law School
Laura Gasaway, University of North Carolina School of Law
Peter Jaszi, American University College of Law
Lydia Pallas Loren, Lewis and Clark Law School
Joseph Liu, Boston College Law School

4:45 PM - 6:00 PM

6:30 PM

Keynote Address III

David Nimmer, Irell & Manella

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM