Making the Fine Print Fair, Georgetown Law symposium, April 4
The Georgetown Consumer Law Society and Citizen Works are
hosting a symposium, Making the Fine Print Fair, at Georgetown on April 4 from
8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. From the Consumer
Law & Policy Blog: Speakers include FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez; Ralph
Nader; Georgetown Dean William Treanor; Associate Dean Gregory Klass;
Professors David Vladeck, Adam Levitin; CL&P bloggers Deepak Gupta, Scott
Michaelman, and Jeff Sovern; NACA Executive Director Ira Rheingold; Citizen
Works Executive Director Theresa Amato; Professors Nancy Kim, Omri Ben-Shahar,
Margaret Jane Radin, Florencia Marotta-Wurgler, Michael Rustad, and Lauren
Willis; former Illinois Attorney General and Justice Neil Hartigan; PIRG's Ed
Mierzwinski; Arent Fox's Marc L. Fleischaker, ALICE's Peter Bailon; Public
Justice's Matt Wessler; columnist Bob Sullivan; Consumers Untion's George
Slover and others.
BCLT/BTLJ Symposium: The Next Great Copyright Act, held in Berkeley at the Claremont Hotel
on April 3 and 4, 2014.
In March of 2013
Maria Pallante, the Register of the U.S. Copyright Office, expressed her
interest in working toward a comprehensive revision of U.S. copyright law,
which she has optimistically called “the next great copyright act.” Congressman Goodlatte, chair of the
Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet of the House
Judiciary Committee, has decided to explore this idea by holding a series of
hearings about copyright reform issues.
The Department of Commerce has recently published a Green Paper about
the need for some updates to U.S. copyright law. Although the drafters of the Copyright Act of
1976 hoped that this legislation would prove to be flexible and forward-looking
enough to serve the country well over time, consensus has been building in
recent years that the current law needs an overhaul so that it is more
comprehensible and provides a better framework for enabling copyright law to
adapt to the challenges posed by emergent technologies. This conference will bring together scholars,
policymakers, and representatives of various stakeholder groups to consider
what changes would make for a next great copyright act.
For more information, visit the website.