Welcome

The Annenberg Public Policy Center and Rice University 
In association with Public Knowledge and the Center for Public Domain 
held a landmark conference on June 18, 2004. More than 190 people attended and others watched live on the web.

Scholars of all types are facing tighter controls over the copyrighted text, images, and video they use for research and teaching purposes. This action-oriented meeting will bring together academics, librarians, legal thinkers, and activists from around the country in a cross-disciplinary discussion of the unique problems that scholars and their institutions face in the growing field of digital rights management.

As you will see in the attached program, the panelists represent the best minds in their diverse areas. Questions addressed included the following: 

What justifies fair use in a scholarly context? 

Is there a viable alternative to fair use in the academic environment? 
What are the fair use issues and needs raised by different scholarly media (for example, print, film, digital media, databases)? 

Do different kinds of institutional arrangements (large vs. small school vs. professional society, classroom vs. library) raise different fair use issues and needs? 

How do existing general counsel guidelines in academic institutions help scholars? 

Are there new ways to approach copyright that may be more beneficial to academics than the status quo? 

What should scholars do in the meantime, while the wheels of change are turning?

For a sense of the issues, read theĀ New York Times article published before the conference.

For a taste of the discussion, click on The First Round, at right.

You can also watch the entire conference from 8:30 onward on Friday, June 25 and July 2, 2004.