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Tori Ekstrand
Tori Ekstrand

Ekstrand blogging for Harvard, to talk at SxSW

In the fast-paced world of social media, intellectual property and media law, Dr. Tori Ekstrand, journalism, is working hard to dissect it all. In addition to blogging for the Citizen Media Law Project at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, she is a member of a panel that will discuss Intellectual Property Issues in Social Media at South by Southwest (SxSW) on March 10.

Ekstrand was asked to be a part of the blog after meeting a representative from the Berkman Center at a journalism educators’ conference. Contributors include lawyers, law professors, law students and others with an interest in new media. Her most recent blog discusses the rebranding of the News Licensing Group to NewsRight, a new digital-rights and content licensing venture headed up by former ABC News President David Westin.

“I think academics should be blogging - either on their own blogs or with centers connected to their disciplines,” said Ekstrand. “Our scholarship isn't as valuable or useful to the general public when it's confined to closed journals loaded with bloat and ‘academese.’ Blogging connects us with students and the public, as well as other academics and professionals.”

Federal copyright law has struggled to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of social media. Ekstrand’s SxSW panel will look at how courts and the industry have been handling intellectual property issues and some possible solutions. Joining her on the panel are: Dr. Daxton Stewart, an assistant professor of media law and ethics at Texas Christian University; Dr. Kathleen Olson, an associate professor in the Department of Journalism and Communication at Lehigh University, and Riyad Omar, vice president and principal legal officer at NewsRight.

Ekstrand feels the panel was accepted because the law on social media is still emerging.  “In the meantime, many of us are making educated guesses about how the old laws - even those from the 1990s - apply to social media like Twitter and Facebook.”

SxSW is a 10-day conference in Austin, Texas, that incorporates film, music and interactive events.

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Christopher O'Riley
Christopher O’Riley

Pianist Christopher O’Riley of NPR performs on BGSU Festival Series

Musical boundary-crossing pianist Christopher O’Riley will give a solo performance as the next artist in the Festival Series. Hosted by the College of Musical Arts, his concert begins at 8 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 11) in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center.

Since the triumphant release in 2003 of “True Love Waits,” O’Riley’s reimagining of works by such performers as Radiohead, Elliott Smith and Nick Drake have garnered critical accolades and international acclaim, including the only four-star review ever given by Rolling Stone magazine to a classical pianist.

His latest White Tie Classics/Mesa-BlueMoon release, “Out Of My Hands,” includes music of R.E.M., Portishead, Cocteau Twins, Pink Floyd, Nirvana, The Bad Plus, The Smiths and Tears for Fears, as well as material from Radiohead and a newly released song by Elliott Smith.

As host of the popular NPR music programFrom the Top,” O’Riley is well known for his eloquent and compelling musings on music and popular culture. Announcing the program from the stage allows him to share musical discoveries, letting the music flow seamlessly from one genre to another.

O’Riley is recognized as one of the leading American pianists of his generation, touring extensively as a recitalist and chamber musician and appearing with major orchestras in the U.S. and abroad.

O’Riley’s visit will also include a master class for BGSU piano students and his serving as a judge for the final round of the David D. Dubois Piano Competition for talented high school students.

For tickets, call the College of Musical Arts Box Office at 2-8171 or email


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February 06, 2012