Sunday, April 29, 2007


MIT recently hosted an incredibly successful conference on Creativity, Ownership, and Collaboration in the Digital Age. As part of their bi-annual Media in Transition event, MIT gathered an impressive group of people to discuss various aspects of digital media, authorship, intellectual property, and similar subjects. Wendy Gordon was in attendance as well, and her thoughts on fair use were poignant, esp when she noted that today's IP pactices are a cylce of Lather. Rinse. Repeat: 1) increased risk aversion for both users and producers, 2) More licensing, 3) More judicial intervention...leading of course back to increased risk aversion...

Here's a sampling of their agenda, which impressed me by its attention to legal aspects of the digital age, specifically copyright law:

Hal Abelson, MIT
Pat Aufderheide, American University
Wendy Gordon, Boston University
Gordon Quinn, Kartemquin Films
Moderator: William Uricchio, MIT

  • Second Life
Burcu Bakioglu, Hacking and Griefing as Acts that Create Performative Narratives in Second Life
Jeffrey Bardzell, Creativity, HCI and Fashion Design in Second Life
Brent Britton, Virtual Ownership
Mary Hopper, The Knowledge Gates to Second Life
Moderator: Alice J. Robison

  • Copyright 2: Politics and Ethics
Giovanni Boccia Artieri, Fabio Giglietto, Luca Rossi, Ownership in the Digital Age: A Sociological Approach
Dion Dennis, Mapping the Digital Prohibition Movement
John McMurria, Compulsory Licensing and the Collective Ethics of Creative Compensation Adejoke Oyewunmi, Exploitation of Traditional Cultural Knowledge in Contemporary Societies
Moderator: Candis Callison

Pat Aufderheide
Renee Hobbs
Moderator: Henry Jenkins

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