Through the study of comparative law, creative practice, and technological challenges, this conference will explore the potential role of moral rights in the United States, where enactment of the rights remains limited. This two day-long event will continue a conversation about moral rights that was initiated in Washington D.C. in April of 2016, at a joint Symposium organized by the United States Copyright Office and the George Mason University School of Law, which brought together authors, scholars, and other stakeholders for a broad discussion of moral rights from a U.S. perspective (https://www.copyright.gov/events/moralrights/). The conference will also contribute to the sharing of knowledge in this area reflected by the public study on moral rights initiated by the U.S. Copyright Office on January 23, 2017, and closing on March 30, 2017 (https://www.copyright.gov/policy/moralrights/).
Day 1 will be largely dedicated to the treatment of moral rights in different countries, while Day 2 will focus on challenges to moral rights presented by technological change and the evolution of creative practices in the modern environment.
The countries to be studied will include the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, the Czech Republic, Canada, the United States, and Australia.
Issues of interest will include computer software, “fake news,” identity, pseudonymity, and anonymity, data mining, 3D printing, open access, and the transformation of music, literature, and the fine arts through technology.