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Dr. Podlas featured in Wake symposium


Faculty member, Dr. Kimberlianna Podlas will participate in this year’s Wake Forest School of Law Intellectual Property Law Journal symposium, “Copyleft vs. Copyright: Artist and Author Rights in Tomorrow’s Digital Age,” which will focus on how current copyright laws are applied to tomorrow’s technologies.

The symposium will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, March 5, in Room 1312 of the Worrell Professional Center. It is free and open to the public.

“Empirical research from social science, including law, has shown that the framing of an issue and the narrative constructed about it can impact both the way that people think through that issue and the conclusions that they draw.

“A similar concept is reflected in the law and litigation: ‘The best story wins.’  Indeed, stories impact legal decision-making, whether those decisions are in the form of trial verdicts or in legislation.  With regard to the former, stories helps juries make sense of the evidence, adopt some notions over others, and assign blame. With regard to the latter, stories alert the public and legislators to which situations are need of reform, who needs protecting, and who should be punished.

“The impact of framing and narrative are also apparent in contemporary discussions about digital music and the rights (or wrongs) of musical artists, ‘the business,’ and consumer-pirates.  For the most part, the music business has framed the issue as ‘piracy,’ and told a story about how it has caused music sales to plummet and threatened the continued existence of the music industry.

“This story – as well as the legal and contractual frameworks supporting it – cultivates certain understandings and presumptions about the threat to musical artists and how they can best be protected.  Unfortunately, these presumptions marginalize the interests of musical artists, neglect important facts that obscure business’s contribution to the exploitation of the artist, and, thereby, impede the search for equitable solutions.  Musical artists are beginning to realize this, and have begun to redefine the issues – and tell an alternative story – that reflects and protects their unique interests.

-Dr. Kimberlianne Podlas


Written by uncgmst

February 26, 2010 at 9:55 pm

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