December 19, 2006

Berkeley Center for Law and Technology Conference:
Conference on Copyright, Digital Rights Management Technologies, and Consumer Protection

Is happening March 9 and 10, 2007. Go register. The last one was great! It was organized by Pam Samuelson and Eddan Katz, who both did an outstanding job. Lots of interesting folks spoke, and some pretty monumental things were said about technology, the internet, TV and users. Also, the resource page for that event was incredible.

These conferences are high quality and thoughtful. If you have any interest in DRM and media, you will *actually* learn something at this event.

Info is here:

Predictions that digital rights management (DRM) technologies will be the predominant mode of distribution of digital content have been prevalent for at least the last decade. Yet, roll-out of DRM technologies has been somewhat slower than many expected, in part owing to consumer resistance to some DRM content and in part owing to the technical challenges that must be overcome to create the infrastructure for DRM content. Many digital content providers believe that DRM content will be good for consumers because it enables new opportunities for content to be delivered in a variety of packages.
However, technically protected content can raise significant consumer protection concerns. One example is Sony BMG’s sale of copy-protected CDs that installed “rootkit” software on the computers of purchasers, making their computers vulnerable to attack. Another example is legislation recently proposed in France to require firms, such as Apple, to disclose information to enable other digital music platforms besides the iPod to be interoperable with iTunes music.
The BCLT/BTLJ/IViR symposium will draw attention to a range of issues from technological, business, academic, artistic, and public interest sectors in the United States and abroad. We expect a broad audience of high tech lawyers, information technology and content industry representatives, technologists, and some policymakers. By bringing together these various perspectives, we hope to educate the audience about the consumer protection ramifications of DRM technologies and raise the level of discourse about DRM law and policy issues. This conference will facilitate cross-disciplinary and cross-industry discussion on this important topic. Seven invited papers will be published in a symposium volume of BTLJ following the conference. These articles, as well as discourse among panelists, will contribute to the policy debate and to the literature on DRM and consumer protection law and policy issues.
Posted by Mary Hodder at December 19, 2006 01:23 PM | TrackBack