STLR Guest Speaker – February 21, 2013

The Science and Technology Law Review will host a lunchtime lecture by author Russell Jacobs, entitled

Non-Digital Copyright in the Digital Millennium

Thursday, February 21 at 12:10pm
William and June Warren Hall 103
1125 Amsterdam Avenue

Lunch will be provided

The presentation will be based in part on Mr. Jacobs’s Fall 2011 article, “Copyright Fraud in the Internet Age: Copyright Management Information for Non-Digital Works Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act,” published in the Fall 2011 edition of STLR.

All are invited to attend! An RSVP to is encouraged, but not required.

About the Article:

With the advent of the digital age, authors of creative works enjoy the benefits of quickly and inexpensively distributing their works to global audiences.  These developments have unfortunately led to the negative consequence that pirated, unauthorized, or altered copies reach potential users before the creator of the work releases the authentic version according to his or her terms.  The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 sought to address some of these concerns by punishing circumventions of technologies controlling access to copyrighted works (17 U.S.C. § 1201) and by protecting “copyright management information,” i.e. the data identifying the author and the terms of use of a copyrighted work (17 U.S.C. § 1202).

While scholars have commented extensively on section 1201, little scholarship exists on section 1202.  This Article addresses that gap.  The Article discusses a federal court split regarding the scope of application of section 1202 and demonstrates that the legislative history and the plain language of the statute call for broad application to both digital and non-digital works.  The Article then looks at section 1202 in the context of Internet fraud, and argues that this section functions as a consumer fraud statute, offering protections for the provision of accurate information and authentic works that can well serve copyright owners and consumers.

About the Author:

Corporate Counsel, Starbucks Coffee Company. J.D. (J. Kent Scholar, Hamilton Fellow), Columbia Law School; A.B. (with highest distinction), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Mr. Jacobs graduated from Columbia Law School in 2002 where he was a Hamilton Fellow, a James Kent Scholar, and served as Articles Editor and Notes Editor for the Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts. He also graduated in the top 1% of his class at the University of Michigan, double majoring in History of Art and Spanish. He is currently Corporate Counsel with Starbucks Coffee Company, focusing on domestic and international intellectual property issues.

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