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Julie E. Cohen is an American legal scholar. Since 1999, she has been a professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, teaching and writing about copyright, intellectual property, and privacy.She is also currently a member of the Advisory Board for public interest organizations Electronic Privacy Information Center and Public Knowledge. Along with academic articles, Cohen is the author of Configuring the Networked Self: Law, Code, and the Play of Everyday Practice and a co-author of casebook Copyright in a Global Information Economy.
Copyright is a legal right, existing in many countries, that grants the creator of an original work exclusive rights to determine whether, and under what conditions, this original work may be used by others. This is usually only for a limited time. Copyright is one of two types of intellectual property rights, the other is industrial property rights. The exclusive rights are not absolute but limited by limitations and exceptions to copyright law, including fair use. A major limitation on copyright on ideas is that copyright protects only the original expression of ideas, and not the underlying ideas themselves.
Intellectual property (IP) is a category of property that includes intangible creations of the human intellect. Intellectual property encompasses two types of rights; industrial property rights and copyright. It was not until the 19th century that the term "intellectual property" began to be used, and not until the late 20th century that it became commonplace in the majority of the world.
Privacy is the ability of an individual or group to seclude themselves, or information about themselves, and thereby express themselves selectively. The boundaries and content of what is considered private differ among cultures and individuals, but share common themes. When something is private to a person, it usually means that something is inherently special or sensitive to them. The domain of privacy partially overlaps with security (confidentiality), which can include the concepts of appropriate use, as well as protection of information. Privacy may also take the form of bodily integrity.
After receiving her A.B. from Harvard University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School, Cohen went on to be law clerk for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. From 1992 to 1995, she practiced with the San Francisco firm of McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen, specializing in intellectual property litigation. In 1995, she joined the University of Pittsburgh School of Law as the Assistant Professor of Law.
Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with about 6,700 undergraduate students and about 15,250 postgraduate students. Established in 1636 and named for its first benefactor, clergyman John Harvard, Harvard is the United States' oldest institution of higher learning, and its history, influence, and wealth have made it one of the world's most prestigious universities.
Harvard Law School is one of the professional graduate schools of Harvard University located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Founded in 1817, it is the oldest continuously operating law school in the United States and one of the most prestigious in the world. It is ranked first in the world by the QS World University Rankings and the ARWU Shanghai Ranking.
Stephen Roy Reinhardt was a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, with chambers in Los Angeles, California. He was the last federal appeals court judge in active service to have been appointed by President Jimmy Carter.
Cohen has been an important participant in the discussion surrounding intellectual property and copyright. There has been an ongoing debate about the use of technology instead of, or in addition to, copyright to protect intellectual property in digital form. She has expressed concern about the potential legal impact of these technologies, as well as mass market contracts as they threaten individual privacy and autonomy.
Cohen uses a philosophical approach to legal theory. She questions and analyzes legal theory's conception of the self, and argues that the assumptions that contemporary legal policy often makes about the self "subtly structure debates about information policy."Cohen introduces postmodernist conceptions of the self into discussions of information policy.
Robin Gross is founder and Executive Director of IP Justice, an international civil liberties organization that promotes balanced intellectual property law and defends freedom of expression.
Pamela Samuelson is the Richard M. Sherman '74 Distinguished Professor of Law and Information Management at the University of California, Berkeley with a joint appointment in the UC Berkeley School of Information and Boalt Hall, the School of Law. She was appointed Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School for the Fall 2007 term. She is also Co-Director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology and a co-founder of Authors Alliance.
Wendy Seltzer is an American attorney and a staff member at the World Wide Web Consortium. She was previously with Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy. Seltzer is also a Fellow with Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, where she founded and leads the Lumen clearinghouse, which is aimed at helping Internet users to understand their rights in response to cease-and-desist threats related to intellectual property and other legal demands.
William Michael Treanor is an attorney and legal scholar. He is the dean of Georgetown University Law Center, the former dean of Fordham University School of Law, and an expert on constitutional law, having twice been cited in Supreme Court opinions. He continues to teach as a professor. Treanor held several high-profile government positions and he is an advocate of civil service. His teaching and work evidence Treanor's commitment to his philosophy of a complete legal education: "Intellectual excellence, the craft of lawyering, and dedication to public service."
Sarah Deutsch is an American attorney who was Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of the telecommunications company Verizon Communications until her retirement in 2015. Since leaving Verizon, she is a practicing attorney in the Washington, D.C. area handling copyright, trademark, privacy and internet policy issues.
Marc Rotenberg is President and Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), an independent, public interest research center in Washington, DC. He teaches privacy law at Georgetown Law, litigates open government and privacy cases, studies emerging privacy and civil liberties issues, testifies before Congress, and speaks at judicial conferences. He testified before the 9-11 Commission on "Security and Liberty: Protecting Privacy, Preventing Terrorism." Marc is a guest on Bloomberg TV, CNN, C-SPAN, MSNBC, FoxNews, and National Public Radio, and contributes to Techonomy, The Economist, The New York Times, and USA Today.
The Information Society Project (ISP) at Yale Law School is an intellectual center studying the implications of the Internet and new information technologies for law and society. The ISP was founded in 1997 by Jack Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School. Jack Balkin is the director of the ISP.
Margaret Jane Radin is the Henry King Ransom Professor of Law, emerita, at the University of Michigan Law School by vocation, and a flutist by avocation. Radin has held law faculty positions at University of Toronto, University of Michigan, Stanford University, University of Southern California, and University of Oregon, and has been a faculty visitor at Harvard University, Princeton University, University of California at Berkeley, and New York University. Radin's best known scholarly work explores the basis and limits of property rights and contractual obligation. She has also contributed significantly to feminist legal theory, legal and political philosophy, and the evolution of law in the digital world. At the same time, she has continued to perform and study music.
Cyberethics is the philosophic study of ethics pertaining to computers, encompassing user behavior and what computers are programmed to do, and how this affects individuals and society. For years, various governments have enacted regulations while organizations have defined policies about cyberethics.
Raymond Wacks is Emeritus Professor of Law and Legal Theory at the University of Hong Kong, where he was Head of the Department of Law from 1986 to 1993. He was previously Professor of Public Law and Head of the Department of Public Law at the University of Natal in Durban. He retired at the end of 2001, and now lives in Britain.
Information technology law concerns the law of information technology, including computing and the internet. It is related to legal informatics, and governs the digital dissemination of both (digitalized) information and software, information security and electronic commerce. aspects and it has been described as "paper laws" for a "paperless environment". It raises specific issues of intellectual property in computing and online, contract law, privacy, freedom of expression, and jurisdiction.
The philosophy of copyright considers philosophical issues linked to copyright policy, and other jurisprudential problems that arise in legal systems' interpretation and application of copyright law.
Mary Wong is a Senior Policy Director at ICANN. Prior to taking up a full-time position with ICANN she was the Founding Director of the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property and a tenured professor at the University of New Hampshire in Concord, New Hampshire, U.S.A. She has served as the Vice Chair and a two-term elected member of the Council of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) at ICANN. Mary Wong's specialty areas are copyright, Internet and international intellectual property law. Among other courses, she has taught Advanced Topics in Copyright, Copyright, Copyright Licensing and Intellectual Property in the Information Society. Prior to joining Franklin Pierce Law Center, Mary Wong was an Associate Professor of Law at the Lee Kong Chian School of Business at the Singapore Management University. From 1998 to 2003, she was special counsel to the international law firm of Morrison & Foerster LLP, resident primarily in New York where she counseled clients on technology transactions and provided advice on international and comparative legal developments in relation to the Internet, privacy, e-Commerce and intellectual property.
Anita LaFrance Allen-Castellitto is the Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and professor of philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She is also Vice Provost for Faculty. She has been a senior fellow in the former bioethics department of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, a collaborating faculty member in Africana studies, and an affiliated faculty member in the gender, sexuality and women's studies program. In 2010 President Barack Obama named Allen to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. She is a Hastings Center Fellow.
Paul Goldstein is a law professor at Stanford Law School.
Stuart N. Brotman is an American government policymaker; university professor; management consultant; lawyer; author and editorial adviser; and non-profit organization executive. He has taught students from 42 countries in six separate disciplines—Communications, Journalism, Business, Law, International Relations and Public Policy. He also has advised private and public sector clients in more than 30 countries on five continents.
Institute for Information, Telecommunication and Media Law or ITM is a research & educational organisation located in Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany. All major research projects conducted by ITM are ordered by European Commission. Scientific Council of the Institute is presented by Prof. Dr.Dr. Gunnar Bender, Wilhelm Berneke, Jon Bing, Santiago Cavanillas, Herbert Fiedler, Heinz Lothar Grob, Fritjof Haft, Bernt Hugenholtz, Hans Jarass, Wolfgang Kilian, Miriam Meckel, Ernst-Joachim Mestmäcker, Ursula Nelles and other prominent scientists.
Carla Meninsky is former video game designer and programmer during the early years of the Atari VCS. Along with Carol Shaw, Meninsky was one of two female engineers at Atari, Inc. to develop video game cartridges. She later became an intellectual property lawyer.
Jennifer L. Mnookin is the Dean of UCLA School of Law. She is also the David G. Price and Dallas P. Price Professor of Law and the founding co-director of UCLA Law's Program on Understanding Law, Science and Evidence. She is an expert on evidence law, and has co-authored books, written articles and published op-eds on the subjects of expert and scientific evidence. On June 4, 2015, Mnookin was named the ninth dean in the history of UCLA School of Law.
Rebecca Tushnet is the inaugural Frank Stanton Professor of First Amendment Law at Harvard Law School and an American copyright, trademark, First Amendment, and false advertising legal scholar. In addition to her general scholarship, Tushnet is known for her fanfiction-related scholarship and her legal advocacy work for the Organization for Transformative Works, a nonprofit fandom-related project that supports fanworks through preservation and advocacy.