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PA Chapter: The Patchwork Global Commons: Harmonizing the World’s Public Domains
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Robert Spoo, author of Without Copyrights: Piracy, Publishing, and the Public Domain to be published by Oxford University Press this month, will discuss what he calls “the tragedy of the uncoordinated global commons”—the fact that at any given time works by creators are in the public domain in some countries and still protected in others. This lack of worldwide coordination has led to disparate copyright recapture laws, which disrupts the settled expectations of libraries and archives.

7/18/2013
When: Thursday, July
From 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Where: Woodcock Washburn LLP
2929 Arch Street
12th Floor, Cira Centre
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19104
United States
Contact: Susan Issel


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Robert Spoo, author of Without Copyrights: Piracy, Publishing, and the Public Domain to be published by Oxford University Press this month, will discuss what he calls "the tragedy of the uncoordinated global commons”—the fact that at any given time works by creators are in the public domain in some countries and still protected in others.  This lack of worldwide coordination has led to disparate copyright recapture laws, which disrupts the settled expectations of libraries and archives around world, and has the potential for further fragmenting the global commons, making the prospect of lawful worldwide distribution of older works even more remote.  As copyright practitioners discuss revisions to the Copyright Act, Dr. Spoo will advance the argument that legislators in the U.S., the EU, and other parts of the world have too long focused on enhancing and harmonizing copyright protections and have paid too little attention to the importance of harmonizing the world’s public domains.  Dr. Spoo will highlight several recent and historical examples of the importance of a healthy public domain, including a discussion of the works of James Joyce and recent developments in the publication of his unpublished works.  

Robert Spoo is Professor and Chapman Distinguished Chair, and Associate Dean for Faculty Development, at The University of Tulsa College of Law, where he teaches Copyright Law, Contracts, and Law and Literature, and other subjects.  He received his J.D. from the Yale Law School and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University.  After clerking for the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, then on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, he practiced law in New York, Tulsa, and San Francisco.  Formerly the editor of the James Joyce Quarterly and a member of the English Department at the University of Tulsa, he has published numerous books, editions, and articles on modern authors and the intersection of copyright law and literature.  His latest book is Without Copyrights: Piracy, Publishing, and the Public Domain, to be published by Oxford University Press this month.  

Time:   5:30 p.m to 7:00 p.m. (Cocktails and light refreshment will be served) (program will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m.)
Cost:    $10 (students) $15.00 (members) $25.00 (non-members)
CLE:     1 hour of CLE credit will be provided for this program    


To attend this event, please complete the REGISTRATION FORM, and mail or fax it to:  
Susan Issel, Legal Assistant to Chad A. Rutkowski
Woodcock Washburn LLP
Cira Centre, 12th Floor, 2929 Arch Street
Philadelphia PA 19104-2891
P: 215.564.8937 | F: 215.568.3439 | E: sissel@woodcock.com

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