Columbia Law School to host conference on copyright

Next month the Columbia Law School will be hosting a symposium titled "Collective Management of Copyright: Solution or Sacrifice?".

The dream of a universal digital library and other potential large-scale uses of copyrighted works have led many in the private and the public sector alike to focus their attention on collective management organizations (CMOs). The need to get permissions can delay or discourage certain large-scale uses of works of authorship. CMOs could allow such projects to be done more cost-effectively by making a work-by-work copyright clearance process unnecessary. ...

Is collective management the answer to the desire for large-scale exploitation of copyrighted works? Our symposium will explore the potential role of collective management to facilitate the licensing of copyrighted works, particularly for internet-related uses. What problems do CMOs solve, and what issues do they create? How can CMOs be developed to enjoy broad support of right holders, operate efficiently, and enforce rights effectively? What are the international implications of broader use of CMOs? Will international treaty obligations pose any obstacles to transnational collective licensing, especially extended collective licensing? Would U.S. authors get their fair share of the proceeds derived from exploitation of their works abroad? Should CMOs operate on an opt-out or an opt-in basis? Are there any circumstances in which participation should be compulsory? How are the rights of individual authors and other right holders affected by CMO arrangements, particularly if the uses licensed by CMOs become more pervasive? Are there other, better alternatives?

The cost is $225, and you can find out more here.

P.S. If you're planning to attend, please take notes or make an audio recording. I'd like to know what happens.

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