Free and prosperous societies respect property rights. But do copyrights really qualify for the same respect afforded to houses, cars, and computers?  Recent legislative trends suggest that lawmakers have been misled by the rhetoric of property to make copyright more and more powerful.  Has this trend has thrown public policy out of balance, discouraged innovation, and harmed consumers?  

Join us Wednesday, October 22, when we are honored to have Professor Tom W. Bell, of Chapman University, Fowler School of Law, address contemporary issues in copyright law. Professor Bell is the author of a new book, Intellectual Privilege: Copyright, Common Law, and the Common Good.  His areas of expertise include telecommunications deregulation, Internet law, intellectual property, and public policy for the high-tech industry. 

After graduating from the University of Chicago Law School in 1993, Professor Bell joined the Silicon Valley law firm of Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati. He entered teaching in 1995 as an assistant professor of law in the Program in Law and Technology at the University of Dayton School of Law. In addition to writing a steady stream of scholarly works, Professor Bell has appeared on or been quoted in several print and television news sources. In addition, Professor Bell holds an MA in philosophy from the University of Southern California.

When: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 11:30 a.m. (registration), 12:00 pm (lunch)

Where: Knobbe Conference Center (1st Floor), 2040 Main Street, Irvine, CA 92614 (949) 760-0404. Parking validated at event. Bring your parking ticket to the luncheon.

Cost: $30 for lunch and 1 hour of MCLE credit. (The Federalist Society is a California State Bar approved provider of MCLE). 

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