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The Future of Intellectual Property on the Internet: A Debate

Lawrence Lessig and Jack Valenti

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In the ideological war being fought over rights to digital content in the age of the global Internet, Motion Picture Association of America head Jack Valenti and renowned cyberlaw expert Lawrence Lessig represent its most powerful conflicting forces. On October 1, 2000 at 7pm EDT, the Berkman Center presented a debate between Valenti and Lessig on the future of intellectual property online—the subject of increasing controversy in the wake of emerging technologies that allow for the easy sharing of digital content among consumers, and recent decisions in judicial cases testing the propriety of such technologies. Free and open to the public, the debate took place in the historic Ames Courtroom in Austin Hall on the Harvard Law School campus, and was webcast live to an international audience.


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Past Event
Oct 1, 2000
9:57 PM - 9:57 PM