Technology, ethics, and entertainment law explored at WLS symposium

Whittier Law School Symposium - Emerging Dilemmas In Entertainment Law: Resolving Technology’s New Ethical Concerns

The intersection of entertainment, technology, and ethics was the focus of a symposium co-sponsored by the Whittier Law Review and the Whittier Law School Center for Intellectual Property Law.

“Emerging Dilemmas in Entertainment Law: Resolving Technology’s New Ethical Concerns,” held November 11 on the Whittier Law School campus, included scholars from American University, SUNY Buffalo, University of Mississippi, Pepperdine, University of Colorado, UC Hastings, UC Irvine, Southwestern Law School, Chapman Law School, and Howard University.

Whittier Law School Symposium - Emerging Dilemmas In Entertainment Law: Resolving Technology’s New Ethical Concerns

Students, alumni, local attorneys, and scholars attended presentations on a wide variety of cutting-edge topics, including the use of drones and geolocation technologies in films and games, fair use and personal rights considerations for documentary filmmakers, changing conceptions of authorship in the age of memes and DIY filmmaking, advertising ethics and attorney ethics in social media, the impact of private deal-making on musicians and music distribution systems, public opinion about the ethics of remix creation, and the ethics of emerging systems that allow people to invest in performers’ future earnings.

Keynote speaker Katie Oyama, Senior Policy Counsel at Google, spoke about that company’s priorities in developing technologies for managing intellectual property rights and in promoting balanced legal developments for Internet and intellectual property governance.

Some of the speakers’ papers will be published in an upcoming issue of the Whittier Law Review.

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