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School of Law | Symposium Explores Changes to Copyright Laws

Symposium Explores Changes to Copyright Laws

By Michelle O'Donnell, 2L

Law Professor Lydia Loren discussed forthcoming changes to U.S. copyright laws during the latest program in the School of Law's Scholarly Symposia Series on Current Issues in Intellectual Property Law on March 11 in Keller Hall.

More than 60 students, faculty members, area lawyers and prospective students attended the program, which was co-organized by the law school's Program in Law and Technology and its student-run Intellectual Property Law Society.

In her presentation "The Brewing Storm on the Horizon: Terminations of Transfers Under the Copyright Act," Loren explained the termination rights under the Copyright Act, which give an author of a work (or his or her heirs) the right to terminate transferred rights, allowing a second chance to renegotiate previously existing agreements.

Loren, the Jeffrey Bain Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law at Lewis & Clark School of Law, identified the policy choices made by Congress and their potential consequences as a result of including this termination provision in the Copyright Act. Lastly, she explored and proposed certain contexts in which agreements should be insulated from termination rights.

An expert on intellectual property and copyright law, she is the coauthor of Copyright in a Global Information Economy. Loren has also published widely in law reviews on topics including music copyrights in the age of the Internet, criminal copyright infringement, the proper scope of the derivative work right in the digital age and economic analysis as it relates to the doctrine of fair use. During the 2006-2007 academic year, Loren served as the first woman dean of Lewis & Clark School of Law. She received her J.D. from the University of Michigan in 1992.

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