[cs-talks] Upcoming at Hariri: Mon, Dec 12; Wendy Gordon on Software Copyright

Mayank Varia varia at bu.edu
Mon Dec 12 12:40:46 EST 2016


Just sending a reminder that food for this event is available now, with the
discussion beginning at 1pm.

Mayank

On Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 08:39 Barnes, Kaitlin S <ksbarnes at bu.edu> wrote:

> *Shielding the Computer Industry from Copyright Kudzu*
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> *Monday, December 12, 2016 1-3pm; lunch & networking at 12:30pm*
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> *Hariri Institute for Computing*
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> *111 Cummington Mall, Room 180*
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> In collaboration with Boston University’s Reliable Information Systems and
> Cyber Security Group (RISCS), the Hariri Institute for Computing will
> be hosting Professor Wendy Gordon (LAW) as part of a brown bag lunch
> series.
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> *Shielding the Computer Industry from Copyright Kudzu *
> *Wendy Gordon Professor of Law, Boston University*
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> *Abstract*: Throughout its history, copyright law has sought to protect
> "expression" but to leave "functional" works to the realm of patent. For
> example, a blueprint of a car or machine can be copyrighted, but the
> copyright gives no rights against companies that manufacture the machine or
> car following the blueprint. Similarly, a sculpted product shape that is
> both aesthetic and functional (like a well-designed car or piece of
> furniture), can gain copyright protection only to the extent that the
> object's aesthetic features can stand on their own as artwork after the
> functional elements have been conceptually carved out.
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> Almost forty years ago, however, Congress decided to give copyright
> protection to some computer programs, which are primarily functional. No
> one knows quite what to make of a statutory pattern that simultaneously
> commands copyright protection for a programmer's "expression" while
> demanding that the program's "function" be kept free (if unpatented) for
> all to use. The quandary comes to a particularly sharp edge when lock-in
> and/or interoperability questions arise.
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> This talk will address the copyright-patent tension in the context of the
> Oracle v Google case, which involves the copyright ability of computer
> program interfaces.  I also situate that case, and computer copyright
> generally, in respect to other points of collision where copyright meets
> patent.
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> *About the Speaker*: Wendy Gordon
> <http://www.bu.edu/law/profile/wendy-j-gordon/> is a Professor of Law at
> Boston University's School of Law. She has taught at Boston University
> since 1993, having taught at Rutgers, Georgetown, University of Michigan
> and other schools before arriving here. Her scholarship utilizes economics
> as well as ethics and analytic philosophy to understand copyright,
> trademark, and related forms of intellectual property. She is probably best
> known for her analyses of copyright’s “fair use” doctrine and of John
> Locke’s theory of property. She has co-authored two books on the economics
> of copyright, published numerous law journal articles, and written book
> chapters on copyright issues, free speech, computer copyright, and the fair
> use doctrine. The US Supreme Court has three times cited her scholarship.
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