Toronto copyright conference, Feb 11

If you're in Toronto on Feb 11, you should really check out this copyright and technology conference at the University of Toronto — it looks wonderful.

The student-run Technology and Intellectual Property Group of the University of Toronto will present a one-day academic conference called "Sound Bytes/Sound Rights: Canada at the Crossroads of Copyright Law." In 2004, the Standing Committee for Canadian Heritage issued recommendations for changes to the Copyright Act broadening copyright protections. In the same year, the Canadian courts headed in the opposite direction by handing down important judgments recognizing user rights. The conference will be a forum for law students and academics as well as practicing lawyers, policy makers and those in the music industry to hear about and discuss the emerging legal framework for copyright law in Canada with a particular emphasis on music and entertainment law.

Speakers will include musicians Paul Hoffert and Neil Leyton, Michael Geist (Canada Research Chair of Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa and author of the "Law Bytes" column in the Toronto Star), Bob Young (co-founder of Red Hat Software), Sarmite Bulte, MP (the chair of the 2004 standing committee), lawyers Ron Dimock and Barry Sookman, Casey Chisick (professor of intellectual property law at the University of Toronto), and Graham Henderson (president of the Canadian Recording Industry Association). Also speaking will be William W. Fisher III, director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and author of the new and important book "Promises to Keep: Law, Technology and the Future of Entertainment".

The conference will be held in Flavelle House, University of Toronto Faculty of Law, 78 Queen's Park, Toronto, on Friday, February 11, 2005 from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. Lunch will be provided and a wine reception is planned. Admission is $30.00 for pre-registration, $40.00 at the door. Admission is free for college and university students but registration beforehand is essential.


(Thanks, Ted!)