October 23, 2009 — One of the nation's leading intellectual property scholars will speak Thursday at 4:45 p.m. in the University of Virginia School of Law's Caplin Pavilion.
William W. Fisher III, the Wilmer Hale Professor of Intellectual Property Law at Harvard Law School and director of its Berman Center for Internet and Society, will deliver the Lester Zittrain Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property Law.
He will discuss the benefits and costs of allowing creative or scientific works to be modified by others. Scholarship on the subject has given arguments for and against empowering people to change or recombine artistic works like a song or movie, as well as industrial or consumer products like software or medical equipment. Fisher will look at both contexts, and consider insights that can be drawn from the perspectives of welfare maximization, social psychology, history and more.
The event is open to the public and parking is available at the Law School. A reception will follow.