5th Annual Symposium on Intellectual Property
Pirates, Thieves and Innocents:
Perceptions of Copyright Infringement in the Digital Age
June 16-17, 2005 . Adelphi, MD
Hosted by University of Maryland University College

A symposium sponsored by the Center for Intellectual Property

EARLY REGISTRATION ENDS MAY 16, 2005. Register now and save $75.00.
Space is limited. Some affiliation discounts apply. 

Who are the pirates and the thieves? Who are the villains and the
heroes? And who are the innocent caught in the middle of the tussle
and tug-of-war over copyright and the treasured information behind its
seal? Who owns copyright, who controls it, and who can use it under
what circumstances?

The 2005 CIP Symposium will seek to explore and understand just a few
of the various ways in which individuals and organizations think and
talk about copyright infringement in our digital age and what actions
they take based upon those perceptions. We will focus in particular on
issues relevant to the higher education community and the delivery of
quality copyrighted content. Facilitating our exploration, discussion,
and reflection will be representatives from the academy, library, law,
corporation, nonprofit organization, technology sector, and Capitol

Pirates, Thieves and Innocents is a two (2) day symposium. Day one
will frame some of the pertinent issues surrounding this yearí°«s
theme. A keynote address by Clifford Lynch (the CIPí°«s 2004-2006
Intellectual Property Scholar) will set the stage for three lively
panel discussions. The agenda for day two will focus on presenting and
discussing possible solutions to some of the knotty questions of
copyright infringement, featuring an address by an expert in the field
of higher education, followed by a breakout session and two further
panel discussions. Symposium participants will have the opportunity
and be encouraged to engage the issues and solutions with expert

The Symposium will focus on the following critical issues:

    * The Impact of Copyright Law and Policy on Academic Culture
    * Regulatory Copyright: How Will Universities be Affected?
    * P2P File Sharing: Pirates or Revolutionaries?
    * Culture and Copyright: A Creative Clash?
    * Copyright Infringement in the Digital Age: What Universities Need to Know
    * The Copyright Legislative Landscape
    * Responses to Copyright Infringement at University Campuses: 
      Best Practices

Each participant will receive materials relating to the panels
presented, position papers, and relevant legislation. Lunch and break
refreshments will be served each day.