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Digital Media Conference March 5 to Explore Intellectual Property Issues

Digital Media Conference March 5 to Explore Intellectual Property Issues

Media experts to examine personal copying, international trade in digital media, and legal challenges of global publication for the United States and Europe.

By Christine Wilson

The UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies and the Goethe-Institut, Los Angeles, will cosponsor a one-day conference on the legal issues raised by world digital publication. The March 5 program will be held at UCLA's Kerckhoff Hall and include presentations from leading figures in copyright law as it applies to digital rights.

International Digital Media Industries
United States - Europe

Friday, March 5, 2004
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Charles E. Young Grand Salon
Kerckhoff Hall
UCLA

Program

8:30am-9:00am Continental Breakfast

9:00am-9:15am Opening Remarks
Ivan Berend, Director of the UCLA Center for European & Eurasian Studies

9:15am-12noon Round Table – 20 minute presentations followed by a discussion by the panel and questions from the audience

The New Politics of Copyright: Digital Environmentalism and the CopyLeft

Robert Boynton, Director, New York University's graduate magazine program

Whose Rights? Copyright Ownership and “Personal Copying” in a Networked World

Stacey Byrnes, Intellectual Property Consultant, Universal Studios

EU - US Trade: Digital Media

Jeffrey Cole, Director, UCLA Center for Communication Policy

Digital Media Opportunities ...or Threats?

Thomas R. Molter, Vice President, Managing Director, Worldwide All Media, MPAA/MPA

Varying Laws and Standards Concerning Censorship, Libel and Privacy, and the Legal Challenges Presented by Global Publication

Geanne Rosenberg, Professor of Journalism, Baruch College, City University of New York

12noon-2pm
Luncheon in the Ackerman Union 2nd Floor Lounge
Keynote Speaker: Ramiro Cibrián
Former European Union Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Visiting European Union Scholar at the University of Southern California

Conference Registration is free for UCLA faculty, students and staff, $35 for all others. Registration deadline is March 1, 2004. For more information about registration, please contact the Center for European and Eurasian Studies at (310) 825-4060.

Conference Participants

Robert Boynton is director of New York University's graduate magazine journalism program. His work has appeared in many magazines and newspapers, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, Lingua Franca and the LA Times Book Review. He is writing a book about American literary journalism. He was graduated with honors in philosophy and religion from Haverford College, and received an MA in political science from Yale University.

Stacey Byrnes is the immediate past President of the Los Angeles Copyright Society and has been a consultant for Universal Studios on intellectual property issues since 2000. Before working for Universal, Ms. Byrnes was a partner at Rosenfeld, Meyer & Susman, where her practice focused on intellectual property and entertainment litigation. Ms. Byrnes received her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law (University of California, Berkeley) in 1984. Ms. Byrnes has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Copyright Society for several years. In addition, she is a past Co-Chair of the Copyright Subcommittee for the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of California and a past member of the Executive Committee of the Intellectual Property & Entertainment Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. She has lectured on a variety of intellectual property issues.

Ramiro Cibrián is currently European Union Visiting Scholar at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. From 1998 till 2003 he served as Ambassador and Head of the European Union Delegation to the Czech Republic. He began his career as an international civil servant in 1980 at the International Atomic Energy Agency of Vienna under the leadership of Hans Blix. He joined the European Commission in 1988 and has served in its Directorates General for Environment, International Trade and External Relations. As a EU official he has participated in numerous environmental, non-proliferation and international trade negotiations, including the Kyoto Protocol, the IAEA Protocol on Extended Safeguards and the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO). He has also represented the EU at the Committee on Trade and Environment of the World Trade Organization. In addition to his scholarly activities at USC, Ambassador Cibrián is currently lecturing at other universities and institutions throughout the West Coast, including the EU Centers of California and Washington State. He has lectured in the past at Yale University and the Universidad Complutense of Madrid, and, more recently, at Charles University and the High School of Economics in Prague. He has contributed articles to academic journals and Spanish and Czech newspapers on nuclear energy, political science and EU enlargement topics. In 2003 President Vaclav Havel awarded him the Medal of Merit of the Czech Republic, and Charles University its Memorial Medal.

Jeffrey Cole has been on the UCLA faculty for the past 28 years and serves as Director of the Center for Communication Policy. Cole is Principal Investigator of the UCLA World Internet Project, a long-term longitudinal look at the effects of computer and internet technology on all aspects of society. Cole was Principal Investigator of the Network Television Violence Monitoring Project which in 1995, 1996 and 1997 issued annual reports to the television networks, Congress and the nation. Cole has testified before Congress on television issues and has spoken as a keynote and panel member at more than 200 conferences on communications issues. He has lectured extensively in Asia and Europe and throughout the U.S. He regularly consults with top government officials and leaders of the telecommunications industries throughout the world on communications issues. In 1987 Cole received the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award. In 1998 he joined the faculty of the Anderson Graduate School of Management where he is directing the track on Entertainment, Media and Communication.

Thomas Molter joined the Motion Picture Association in September 1995 as Director, Worldwide Home Entertainment for the MPA’s International Commercial division. In 2000, Mr. Molter was promoted to Vice President, Managing Director, Worldwide All Media and currently has responsibility for formulating policy and implementing strategies to address trade and regulatory issues relating to member company theatrical, home video/optical disc, television and Internet distribution in the United States and abroad. Mr. Molter provides policy guidance and oversight to MPA’s wide network of international offices, as well as analysis of worldwide trends regarding business and marketplace regulation. Prior to joining the Association, Mr. Molter worked for several years in television production, where he produced a nationally syndicated outdoor sports program based in the San Francisco Bay Area. While pursuing his Masters of Business Administration at the Anderson School at the University of California, Los Angeles, Mr. Molter enjoyed a brief tenure as a Business Development Consultant for Showtime Networks in New York and Samuel Goldwyn Television Production in Los Angeles. Mr. Molter graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications/Journalism. He then went on to complete a Masters in Business Administration at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA in 1995.

Geanne Rosenberg, an attorney and journalist, is an assistant professor at City University of New York’s Baruch College. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Columbia Journalism Review, The National Law Journal, The New York Law Journal, Investor’s Business Daily and many other publications. Professor Rosenberg has taught media law and media ethics, business journalism, enterprise reporting, covering Wall Street, copy editing and other courses at Baruch College, City University of New York. She has also taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University and has served as a guest speaker at Columbia University’s School of Law. She received a Whiting Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2002. Professor Rosenberg earned an A.B. from Bryn Mawr College, a master’s at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a J.D. at Columbia University’s School of Law, where she was articles editor of the Columbia Business Law Review and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

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