[PAST EVENT] 2011 Mervis Lecture: Kurt Wimmer, Covington & Burling

October 3, 2011
1pm - 2pm
Law School, Room 124
613 S Henry St
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
Digital technologies have put incredible stress on the businesses that have been built around the distribution of music, news, films and television. The ability to make perfect digital copies has undermined legacy distribution models, and the stunning creativity fostered by consumer-grade software tools has made "fair use" an extremely complicated concept. These technologies have, moreover, undermined the economic base behind much professionally produced content, including news gathering that is central to our needs as a democracy. The talk will focus on these developments and their impact on the content and creative industries, and suggest that there is a way forward in which consumer and professional content can serve complementary goals and generate revenue to reward creators.

Kurt Wimmer is chair of the Global Privacy and Data Security practice at Covington & Burling.

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