2009 Manges Lecture

David Carson, General Counsel of the U.S. Copyright Office, Gives the Manges Lecture

David O. Carson, General Counsel of the United States Copyright Office, to Give Kernochan Center's Manges Lecture

“Making the Making Available Right Available”

Media contact: Erin St. John Kelly 212-854-1787 [email protected]

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NEW YORK, January 27, 2009 — The 22nd Annual Horace S. Manges Lecture will take place on February 3, 2009. This year's lecturer, David O. Carson, General Counsel of the United States Copyright Office, will speak on the controversy surrounding peer-to-peer file-sharing in a talk titled “Making the Making Available Right Available.”

Carson is responsible for the Copyright Office’s regulatory activities, litigation and administration of the copyright law. Carson has been General Counsel since 1997, except from 2006 to 2008 when he served as Associate Register for Policy and International Affairs, also at the Copyright Office. 

His talk will be published as an article of the same name in a future issue of the Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts

The Manges Lecture is an annual offering of Columbia Law School’s Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts. James G. Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian Columbia University, delivered it in 2008.

WHAT: 22nd Annual Horace S. Manges Lecture: “Making the Making Available Right Available”

WHEN: February 3, 2009. 6 P.M.

WHERE: Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 103, Amsterdam at West 116 Street; Via subway: #1 train to 116 Street (Broadway)/Columbia University.

SPEAKER: David O. Carson, General Counsel of the United States Copyright Office

Media interested in covering the event should contact Public Affairs at 212-854-2650.

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 ’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 played an active role in the development of copyright legislation.

Columbia’s Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts was established to contribute to a broader understanding of the legal aspects of creative works of authorship, including their dissemination and use. The Center has encouraged the development of instruction at the Law School in topics such as intellectual property, copyright, trademarks, the regulation of electronic media, and problems arising from new technologies.


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