2010 Wisconsin Law Review Symposium: Intergenerational Equity and Intellectual Property


Draft Program as of 11/8/10

Friday, November 12th
Location: Godfrey & Kahn Lecture Hall (Law School room 2260)

1:00    Registration / Refreshments: Please join us in greeting the guest speakers.

1:15-1:30 Welcome and Introductions:

Shubha Ghosh, Vilas Professor of Law, UW Law School; Honorary Fellow and Associate Director of INSITE, UW Business School

Greg Lockwood, Symposium Editor, Wisconsin Law Review

1:30-3:00 Panel One: Origins and Foundations of Intergenerational Equity  This panel will lay the groundwork for the symposium by exploring the roots of intergenerational equity and offering the theoretical grounding necessary to apply the concept to intellectual property.

Chair:  Shubha Ghosh


Matthew Adler (Leon Meltzer Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School)
"Intergenerational Equity: Puzzles for Welfarists"

William W. Fisher III (Terry)  (Hale and Dorr Professor of Intellectual Property Law;  Faculty Director, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University)
"The Intersection of Intergenerational and International Equity: 
Developing Drugs for Developing Countries"

Margaret Jane Radin (Henry King Ransom Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School)
"Property Longa, Vita Brevis: Conundrums of Intergenerational Justice"

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15-4:45 Panel Two: Cultural Dynasties  This panel will explore how copyright, trademark, trade secret, and right of publicity help establish cultural dynasties that although generating great wealth now may inherently defeat future generations' ability to define and build their culture.

Chair:    Deven Desai (Academic Relations, Google Inc.)


Julie E. Cohen (Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center) "Copyright as Post-Industrial Policy"

Peter Decherney (Stephen M. Gorn Family Associate Professor of Cinema Studies and English, University of Pennsylvania)
"How the Auteur Theory Changed Copyright Law"

Deven Desai
"The Life and Death of Copyright"

4:45-5:00 Break

5:00-6:30  Panel Three: Media and Speaking to the Future  This panel will address questions regarding new media and how it affects the way we speak to the future.

Chair:   Shubha Ghosh


Seth Cluett  (Assistant Professor of Music, Miami University of Ohio)
"A Corked Bottle of Air: Archival Problematics of the Documentation of Sound and Multimedia"

Anuj Desai (Associate Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School)
"Legal Traditionalism, Creative Destruction, and the Role of Media Law in the Intergenerational Social Contract"

Edward W. Felten (Director, Center for Information Technology Policy; Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs, Princeton University)
"Software Copyright, DRM, and Intergenerational Equity"

6:30    Public Sessions Adjourn

7:00     Symposium Banquet at the University Club
            (private function for panelists and invited guests)

Saturday, November 13th
Location: Law School room 7200

8:30    Continental Breakfast and Discussion

9:00-10:30 Panel Four: Health and Food  This panel will explore the interface among scientific, intellectual property, and regulatory issues in promoting the health and nutritional well-being of future generations.

Chair: Pilar Ossorio (Associate Professor of Law and Bioethics,
           University of Wisconsin)


Keith Aoki (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law)
 "Food Forethought: Intergenerational Equity and the Global Food Supply -- Past, Present and Future"

Jay Kesan (Professor and Director, Program in Intellectual Property & Technology Law, and Mildred Van Voorhis Jones Faculty Scholar, University of Illinois College of Law)
Title TBA

Kara Swanson (Associate Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law)
"Knowing, Seeing and Secrecy - Food and Drugs at the Turn of the 20th Century"

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:15 Panel Five: IP, Knowledge, and Intergenerational Equity This panel will investigate the publishing industry, access-to-knowledge, and how society will define education and status for years to come.

Chair:   Shubha Ghosh


M. Harry Brighouse (Professor of Philosophy and Affiliate Professor of Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin)
"Who Really Owns the Research Produced by Elite Research Universities?"

Margaret Chon (Associate Dean for Research and Centers and Donald and Lynda Horowitz Professor for the Pursuit of Justice, Seattle University School of Law)
"Tacit Knowledge in Education, Intellectual Property and Intergenerational Equity"

Pamela Samuelson (Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law, Professor of Information Management, Chancellor's Professor and Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, University of California, Berkeley School of Law / Boalt Hall)
"The Google Book Settlement As Copyright Reform"

12:15-1:15 Lunch provided in the George Young Conference Room adjacent to Lubar Commons.

1:15-2:45 Panel Six:  Towards An Intergenerational Commons  This panel will synthesize the ideas from the previous panels and explore how to construct an intergenerational commons for intellectual property.

Chair:  Deven Desai


Brett Frischmann (Professor of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, presenting paper coauthored with Mark McKenna, Associate Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame Law School)
"Intergenerational Progress"

Shubha Ghosh
"Towards An Intergenerational Commons"

2:45     Closing Comments

3:00    Adjourn

6:30   Informal dinner for symposium speakers and UW hosts.
          Location TBA

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