Thursday: Wireside Chat with Lawrence Lessig

24 Feb 2010 by adikamdar, 5 Comments »

Wireside Chat with Lawrence Lessig: Fair Use, Politics, and Online Video

Yale Students for Free Culture and the Information Society Project at YLS are hosting a live screening of a global webcast of a talk by Lawrence Lessig, put on by the Open Video Alliance and Harvard’s Berkman Center. It’s happening Thursday, February 25th from 6:00 to 7:30 EST, live from Cambridge, MA.

The screening will take place in William L. Harkness (WLH) Hall, room 116. It’ll start fairly promptly at 6pm (so try and get there a bit early), and we’ll have our own talk down/discussion afterwards. And there will be food. Yums.

Once again:
Thursday, February 25
WLH 116

The Lessig:
Lawrence Lessig is a professor at Harvard Law School. He helped found Creative Commons as well as the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford. He also wrote the books “Free Culture,” “Remix,” and “Code.” He also founded Change Congress, an activist group outspoken about publicly funded elections. He’s one of the most lucid speakers I’ve ever heard (and has a black belt in Powerpoint kung-fu).

The Talk:
This is a talk about copyright in a digital age, and the role (and importance) of a doctrine like “fair use.” Fair use allows limited use of copyrighted material without requiring permission from the rights holders, and is essential for commentary, criticism, news reporting, remix, research, teaching and scholarship with video. As a medium, online video will be most powerful when it is fluid, like a conversation. Like the rest of the internet, online video must be designed to encourage creative expression and political participation, not just passive consumption.

The lecture will last 45 minutes and will be followed by an interactive Q & A. The event will be moderated by Elizabeth Stark, lecturer here at Yale (“IP in the Digital Age,” “Intro to Law and Technology”) and fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. Questions can be submitted using the hashtag #wireside.

For more information, or to find out about screenings in other locations, visit the Open Video Alliance at

Did I mention there’d be food? Hope to see you there!


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