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Copyrights for music, software and other digital media to be discussed at Friday conference

05 March 2007

ATTENTION: Business and legal affairs reporters and editors

Contact: Janet Gilmore, Media Relations
(510) 642-5685 jangilmore@berkeley.edu

"Copyright, Digital Rights Management Technologies and Consumer Protection," a two-day conference held by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall).

Officials with many companies feel that unauthorized duplication and distribution of their copyrighted digital media, including music, movies and software, requires them to develop technologies to control use of their product or they will risk loss in profits. Critics of such technologies contend that such efforts, called digital rights management, restrict access beyond the protections afforded by law. Conference participants will address these issues as well as the impact of digital rights management on the national and international community.

The conference will feature speakers from industry, public advocacy groups, academia and government. The general public must register and pay a fee to attend. For more information go to: http://www.law.berkeley.edu/institutes/bclt/copyright/about.html

Friday, March 9, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 10, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Booth Auditorium, Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley

Participants will include officials with the Federal Trade Commission, EMI Music, the non-profit organization Public Knowledge, Microsoft Corp., Apple Computer, Inc., the advocacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation, Comcast, Sun Microsystems, the U.S. Copyright Office and Sony BMG. Scholars from UC Berkeley, Princeton University, Georgetown University and elsewhere also will attend.