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Copyright Law Pioneer to Deliver Rosenthal Lecture Series

Lectures include “Why Gardens, Perfumes, Recipes, and Algorithms Are Not Copyrightable”

CHICAGO --- Pamela Samuelson, a recognized pioneer in digital copyright law, intellectual property, cyberlaw and information policy will be the featured speaker during Northwestern University School of Law’s Julius Rosenthal Foundation Lecture Series October 15-17. 

Samuelson, the Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law and Information at the University of California, Berkeley, will present “Copyright’s Limits,” a series of three lectures, at the School of Law, 375 E. Chicago Ave., Room 140, in the Arthur Rubloff Building. 

The lectures include “Why Gardens, Perfumes, Recipes, and Algorithms Are Not Copyrightable” (4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15); “Why Grants of Exclusive Rights to Authors Should Be Limited” (noon Tuesday, Oct. 16); and “Rethinking Copyright Exceptions and Limitations” (noon Wednesday, Oct. 17).

Samuelson has held a joint appointment at Berkeley Law School and UC Berkeley’s School of Information since 1996. She is a director of the internationally renowned Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. She serves on the board of directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Electronic Privacy Information Center. She also serves on the advisory boards for the Center for Democracy & Technology, the Center for Public Knowledge, and the Berkeley Center for New Media.

Samuelson has written and published extensively in the areas of copyright, software protection and cyberlaw. Her recent publications include: “The Google Book Settlement as Copyright Reform,” 2011 Wisc. L. Rev. 478; “Legislative Alternatives to the Google Book Settlement,” 34 Colum. J. L. & Arts (2011); “Google Book Search and the Future of Books in Cyberspace,” 94 Minn. L. Rev. 1308 (2010); “Statutory Damages in U.S. Copyright Law: A Remedy in Need of Reform,” 51 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 439 (2009) (with Tara Wheatland); and “High Technology Entrepreneurs and the Patent System: Results of the 2008 Berkeley Patent Survey” (with Stuart J.H. Graham, Robert P. Merges, & Ted Sichelman), 24 Berkeley Technology L. J. 1255 (2010).

One of the principal programs supported by the Julius Rosenthal Foundation, the lecture series is free and open to the public. The series has assumed a preeminent position among distinguished lecture programs in the legal world. Publication of the lectures has made a notable contribution to legal literature and scholarship for more than 70 years.

The Rosenthal Lecture Series was established in 1919 in memory of Julius Rosenthal (1827-1905), an eminent and beloved member of the Chicago Bar.

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