Saturday, March 21, 2009

Announcement: Fordham Symposium on Law in the Information Society

Intermediaries in the Information Society
March 27, 2009


Content and the CDA Immunity
When do—and when should—intermediaries receive immunity for user content under the Communications Decency Act? Panelists will discuss the status of CDA immunity, the standard for when an intermediary can be deemed a content provider after the and Craigslist cases, and whether the CDA immunity should be modified.

Why is Tiffany Blue? 3rd-Party Liability and the eBay Cases
Should online auction houses or other third parties be responsible for the sale of counterfeit goods? Panelists will address the ongoing series of attempts in the United States and Europe to extend the scope of vicarious liability and contributory infringement, as well as related issues.

The Social Impact of Intermediaries
What impact do intermediaries have on society and culture? Panelists will discuss the ways intermediaries have changed how information is created and communicated—and the ways that intermediaries may impact the future of the information society.

Intermediaries as Legal Filters
Should intermediaries be used to filter information? What impact will filtering methods such as deep packet inspection have on immunity and liability for intermediaries? Panelists will examine requirements for ISPs to block access to sites containing material deemed illegal, explore filtering done for business reasons, and consider a range of filtering purposes--from censoring speech to combatting child pornography to ranking search results.

Practical Tips for Advising Intermediaries
Practitioners will provide guidance about things to be aware of when advising intermediaries.


  • Jack Balkin,Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment & Director of The Information Society Project, Yale Law School
  • Ian C. Ballon, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig
  • Dr. Ian Brown, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute & Honorary Senior Lecturer, University College London
  • Dan L. Burk, Founding Faculty, University of California–Irvine School of Law
  • Eric Goldman, Associate Professor of Law & Director of the High Tech Law Institute, Santa Clara University School of Law
  • Wendy Gordon, Visiting Professor, Fordham Law School; Philip S. Beck Professor of Law & Paul J. Liacos Scholar in Law, Boston University School of Law
  • James Grimmelmann, Associate Professor of Law, New York Law School
  • Paul Gupta, Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Thomas D. Halket, Attorney and Chartered Arbitrator, Halket & Weitz LLP
  • Samir Jain, Partner, WilmerHale
  • Nancy Kim, Associate Professor of Law, California Western School of Law & Visiting Associate Professor, Rady School of Management, University of California, San Diego
  • Helen Nissenbaum, Professor of Media, Culture & Communication & Senior Fellow of the Information Law Institute, New York University
  • Dawn C. Nunziato, Associate Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School
  • Joel Reidenberg, Associate Chief Academic Officer & Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Fordham University; Professor of Law and Director of CLIP, Fordham Law School
  • Susan Scafidi, Visiting Professor of Law, Fordham Law School
  • Rebecca Tushnet, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Jay Westermeier, Of Counsel, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

  • The symposium is open to the public.
    Registration fee: $30 per person; $140 per person for practitioners who wish to earn CLE credits.

    All events take place at Fordham Law School in the McNally Amphitheatre.
    140 West 62nd Street | New York, NY 10023

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