Copyright and Intellectual Property Area, PCA/ACA; Boston, 11-14 Apr 2012; Deadline 15 Dec 2011

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Copyright and Intellectual Property Area
PCA/ACA 2012: Boston, 11-14 April 2012.

With the rise of the digital era and the technological maelstrom that spawned it, the nature of recorded communication has shifted drastically, putting industrial-strength copying and distribution tools in the hands of consumers. This shift highlights the changing relationships between consumers, producers, artists, and business. The Copyright and Intellectual Property area seeks to foster an interdisciplinary discussion about the tumultuous cultural battle raging over how we understand the production and distribution of knowledge. We seek to include presentations both scholarly and practical.

Possible topics could include:

Recent copyright and IP legislation
Ideologies and philosophies of intellectual property
Wikileaks and the conflict between IP and the public interest
The decline of the public domain
Creative Commons and Fair Use in the public sphere
Digital Rights Management and the battle over control
Libraries and archives in the digital age
Apple's "walled garden" philosophy vs. Android's marketplace
Creativity and copyright in the digital age
Copyright in Popular Culture
WIPO and other international issues regarding intellectual property
Patent law, miracle drugs, and the morality of third-world patent enforcement

More information on the conference can be found on the PCA website:

Interested presenters should submit their abstracts here:

Email questions to Brendan Riley, Area Chair