The Horace S. Manges Lecture & Conference Fund was established by the law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges in 1986 in memory of its esteemed partner, Horace S. Manges, Law ’19. Mr. Manges was a distinguished trial lawyer and was counsel to leading writers and publishers and to the American Book Publishers Council (now the Association of American Publishers). A founder, officer and trustee of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., he also performed important government service and played an active role in the development of copyright legislation.
2019: David Nimmer
On Monday, April 1, 2019, David Nimmer, of Irell and Manella, delivered the 32nd Annual Horace S. Manges Lecture, "Authorship/Infringement and the Cognition of Volition." The video of this lecture is not available.
2018: R. Bruce Rich
On March 26, 2018, R. Bruce Rich, a senior partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, delivered the 31st Annual Horace S. Manges Lecture, "The 'Art' of Copyright: A Practitioner's Perspective."
2017: Shira Perlmutter
On April 3, 2017, Shira Perlmutter, Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, delivered the 30th Annual Horace S. Manges Lecture, "Toward a Global Copyright Law?"
2016: Brad Meltzer '96
On March 24, 2016, Bestselling Author Brad Meltzer '96 delivered the 29th Annual Horace S. Manges Lecture, "Copy Write: The Author Survival Guide"
2015: R. Anthony Reese
On February 23, 2015, R. Anthony Reese, Chancellor's Professor of Law, School of Law, University of California Irvine, delivered the 28th Annual Horace S. Manges Lecture, "Optional Copyright Renewal? Lessons for Designing Copyright Systems"
2014: Maria Martin-Prat
On April 7, 2014, Maria Martin Prat, Head of the Copyright Unit in the European Commission, Internal Market Directorate General (DG Markt), delivered the 27th Annual Horace S. Manges Lecture, "The Future of Copyright in the European Union."
2013: The Honorable Maria A. Pallante, U.S. Register of Copyrights
On April 2, 2012, Professor Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the Harvard University Library delivered "Digitize, Democratize: Libraries and the Future of Books." Professor Darnton's lecture is available in The Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts (36 Colum. J. Law & Arts 1 (2012)).
2011: Dr. Francis Gurry
The 2011 Horace S. Manges Lecture was given on April 6, 2011 by Dr. Francis Gurry, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). His talk was entitled “Copyright in the Digital Environment: Restoring the Balance." This lecture is available in Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts (35 Colum. J. L & Arts 1 (2012)).
2010: Robert P. Merges
Prof. Robert P. Merges Boalt Hall School of Law
Professor Robert P. Merges JSD ’88, the Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Professor of Law and Technology at UC Berkeley Law School, delivered the 23rd annual Horace S. Manges Lecture on Monday, April 5, 2010. In his talk, titled “The Future of Property: Individual Ownership and the Digital Age,” Merges raised the question whether intellectual property is property at all. His paper will be published in the Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts (34 Colum. J. L & Arts 113 (2011)).
2009: David O. Carson
David O. Carson General Counsel U.S. Copyright Office
The 22nd Annual Horace S. Manges Lecture took place on February 3, 2009. The lecturer was David O. Carson, General Counsel of the United States Copyright Office, spoke on the controversy surrounding peer-to-peer file sharing in a talk entitled "Making the Making Available Right Available." As General Counsel, he is responsible for the Office's regulatory activities, litigation and administration of the copyright law. He has been General Counsel since 1997, save for a term as Associate Register for Policy and International Affairs at the Copyright Office from 2006 until December, 2008. His article was published in the Winter, 2010 issue of the Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts, 33 Colum. J. L. Arts 135.
2008: James G. Neal
James G. Neal Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian Columbia University
The 21st Annual Horace S. Manges Lecture took place on April 1, 2008. This year's lecturer was James G. Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University. Previously, he served as the Dean of University Libraries at Indiana University and Johns Hopkins University. He has represented the American library community in testimony on copyright matters before Congressional committees and is a member of the U.S. Copyright Office Section 108 Study Group. His speech was entitled "A Lay Perspective on the Copyright Wars: A Report From the Trenches of the Section 108 Study Group," and this lecture was published in the Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts Vol. 32, No. 2 (Winter 2009).
2007: Lionel Bently
Left to right: Jane C. Ginsburg, The Morton L. Janklow Professor of Literary & Artistic Property Law; 2007 Manges Lecturer, Prof. Lionel Bently; and his wife, Clair Milligan
Professor Lionel Bently, the Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge delivered the 20th Annual Horace S. Manges Lecture on Tuesday, April 10, 2007. His lecture was titled "People v. The Author: From the Death Penalty to Community Service." His lecture was published in the Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts and can be found at32 Colum. J. L. Arts 1 (Fall 2008).
2006: Nick Taylor
Left to right: Executive Director of the Kernochan Center, June M. Besek; 2006 Manges Lecturer, Nick Taylor; and the Morton L. Janklow Professor of Literary & Artistic Property Law, Jane C. Ginsburg
Nick Taylor delivered the 19th Annual Horace S. Manges Lecture on April 4, 2006. Mr. Taylor is a best-selling author, the immediate past president of the Authors Guild and director of the Authors Guild Foundation, a member of the literary organization PEN, and an advocate of copyright and fair contracts. Mr. Taylor's lecture was entitled "The Prospects for Copyright in a Bookless World." This lecture was published in the 30 Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts 2 (2007) issue.
2005 Paul Goldstein
Left to right: Professor Paul Goldstein, Lillick Professor of Law, Stanford University; Professor Jane Ginsburg; and 2003 Manges Lecturer, Judge Pierre N. Leval
The 18th Annual Horace S. Manges Lecture was given by Paul Goldstein, Stella W. and Ira S. Lillick Professor of Law, Stanford University on "Copyright's Commons" on April 4, 2005. This lecture was published in 29 Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts 1 (2005).
2004: Diane L. Zimmerman
Left to right: Margo E. Crespin, Asst. Director of the Kernochan Center; Professor Jane C. Ginsburg; 2004 Manges Lecturer, Prof. Diane L. Zimmerman; and June M. Besek, Executive Director of the Kernochan Center
Diane L. Zimmerman '76, Samuel Tilden Professor of Law, New York University School of Law delivered the 17th Annual Horace S. Manges Lecture at Columbia Law School on March 29, 2004. Professor Zimmerman spoke on "It's an Original!(?): In Pursuit of Copyright's Elusive Essence." This lecture was published in the 28 Columbia Journal of Law the Arts 187 (2005).
Past Horace S. Manges Lectures
1988 Hon. Jon O. Newman 1989 Hon. Robert W. Kastenmeier 1990 Hon. Barbara A. Ringer 1991 Robert J. Coleman 1992 Prof. Sam Ricketson 1993 Jean-Francois Verstrynge 1994 Robert Wedgeworth 1995 Prof. J. Thomas McCarthy 1996 Hon. Marybeth Peters 1997 Dr. Mihaly Ficsor 1998 The Hon. Howard Coble 1999 Stephen Manes 2000 Prof. Laura N. Gasaway 2001 Prof. Robert A. Gorman 2002 Prof. William R. Cornish 2003 Hon. Pierre N. Leval 2004 Prof. Diane L. Zimmerman 2005 Prof. Paul L. Goldstein 2006 Nick Taylor 2007 Prof. Lionel Bently 2008 James G. Neal 2009 David O. Carson 2010 Prof. Robert P. Merges 2011 Dr. Francis Gurry 2012 Prof. Robert Darnton 2013 The Hon. Maria A. Pallante 2014 Maria Martin-Prat