January 17, 2002


The video recording of this lecture is now available online (real media).

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As the content industries expand the scope of intellectual property (IP) and the technological means for enforcement, important other social values are negatively affected such as freedom of speech, freedom of research and privacy. In this talk Pam Samuelson, will focus on the right to privacy and how it is affected by the emerging new copyright regime, for instance, how do we balance individuals' right control their private sphere with corporate rights to control their property and combat piracy? Are new systems, which force users to license content and to establish a permanent relation with the right holders, for example in Windows XP, an intrusion into the user's private sphere? Can the issue of privacy be used to fight the seemingly limitless expansion of rights of IP holders?

Pamela Samuelson is a Professor at the University of California at Berkeley with a joint appointment in the School of Information Management and Systems and the School of Law. She is also Director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. Her principal area of expertise is intellectual property law. She has written and spoken extensively about the challenges that new information technologies are posing for public policy and traditional legal regimes and is an advisor for the Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic.

In 1997, Samuelson was named a fellow of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. In 1998, she was recognized by the National Law Journal as being among the 50 most influential female lawyers in the country and among the eight most influential in Northern California. She was recently elected to membership in the American Law Institute and named a fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery. In 2001, she was appointed to a UC Berkeley Chancellor's Professorship for distinguished research, teaching and service for her contributions to both Boalt Hall and the School of Information Management and Systems.