Tech Trends discussion to address copyright issues on the Web

Music downloading on the Internet has become a copyright issue in numerous lawsuits, and now so have online videos. Dr. E. Michael Harrington, a professor of music business at Belmont University in Nashville and an authority on intellectual property law, will be at BGSU Friday (Jan. 26) to discuss these issues. His talk will begin at 2:30 p.m. in 206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Harrington’s lecture, titled “Copyright Issues in YouTube, SecondLife and Other Adventures in the Metaverse: How Technology Is Changing Music, Law, Politics and Higher Education,” is the first in BGSU’s 2007 Tech Trends series.

Harrington has been an expert witness in hundreds of music copyright violation cases, involving artists such as the Dixie Chicks, Madonna, Avril Lavigne and Tupac Shakur. He has also been featured in stories in the New York Times and USA Today, and on CNN, “The Today Show” and National Public Radio.

He will discuss copyright issues, analyzing new lawsuits against YouTube and Google. He will also present his own work as a defense expert witness in lawsuits involving parody videos on the Internet, such as the Jib Jab parody, “This Land Is Your Land,” and D.J. Danger Mouse’s mash-up of the Beatles’ “White Album” and Jay-Z’s “Black Album” into the “Grey Album.”

He will also discuss his work in assisting the plaintiffs in a coalition of public interest groups in American Library Association et al. v. FCC, a lawsuit that stopped the Federal Communications Commission from mandating a policy that would have given copyright owners and the federal government veto power over the development of new technologies for computers and television tuners.

Harrington will conclude his presentation with an analysis of the effects of the new Congress on technology, artistic expression, education and law, and an analysis of the likely role of the FCC in new Internet and technology issues.

The series is sponsored by the Information Technology Committee and the offices of the Executive Vice President and the Chief Information Officer.

January 22, 2007