Lectures & Events

“Signifiers in Cyberspace: Domain Names and Online Trademarks”
Nov. 12 & Nov. 13: Two-Day LTA Symposium presented by the Center for Law, Technology and the Arts
Co-sponsored by
Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, Cyberspace Law and Policy Office, CISCDR (Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Conflict & Dispute Resolution), and Center for Business Law and Regulation
NOV 13, 2009
8:45 AM - 5:30 PM
Moot Courtroom (A59)

Thursday, November 12, 2009
Opening Lecture - 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
"Champagne and the Doha Round: A Solution to the International Impasse on Geographical Indications"

Daniel GervaisSpeaker: Professor Daniel Gervais
Director, Technology & Entertainment Law Program
Vanderbilt University Law School

Friday, November 13, 2009
Full-Day of Panels - 8:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

It is difficult to avoid Internet domain names. Everyone who engages in commerce, social life, gaming, political commentary, or education is likely to deal regularly with the Internet and the domain name system. Many would assume that the system for allocating domain names to businesses, educational institutions, politicians, and private individuals is some form of government enterprise coordinated by either the U.S. government, or a consortium of international governments.

In fact, the body responsible for administering and maintaining the domain name system is a private entity known as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers – ICANN. ICANN has the difficult task of dealing with the technological structures underlying the domain name system, but also attempting to develop policies to accommodate the various competing needs of entities utilizing the Internet. This is an unenviable task that implicates matters including the protection of intellectual property rights in a global online world, the promotion of free speech, access to information, privacy, and many other issues.

This symposium draws together a group of speakers who have been involved with ICANN and who have commented on ICANN’s various processes over the last decade or so. They will address legal, policy, commercial, practical, and technological issues that have arisen, and continue to arise, as the domain name system develops.
Speaker Information
Professor Olufunmilayo Arewa
Northwestern University School of Law

Karl Auerbach
former director, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

Professor Graeme Dinwoodie
Director, Oxford Intellectual Property Research Center
Oxford University School of Law

Professor Stacey Dogan
Boston University School of Law

Professor Christine Haight Farley
Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs
American University Washington College of Law

David Fewer
Acting Director
Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic

Professor Andrés Gallo
Coggin College of Business
University of North Florida

Professor Eric Goldman
Director, High Technology Institute
Santa Clara University School of Law

Professor Raymond Ku
Co-Director, Center for Law, Technology & the Arts
Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Ilhyung Lee
Edward W. Hinton Professor of Law
Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution
University of Missouri School of Law

Professor William McGeveran
University of Minnesota School of Law

Paul McGrady
author, McGrady on Domain Names

Corynne McSherry
Staff Attorney
Electronic Frontier Foundation

Jeffrey Samuels
David L. Brennan Professor of Law
Director, Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology
University of Akron School of Law
Additional Information
TWO-DAY event:
Open to the public at no cost. Up to 7.0 hours of CLE credit will be available for a $200 fee to lawyers who attend. Please note - Recording in any form is prohibited.

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Supplemental Readings:
· Bibliography
· Agenda & Speaker Bios
· Internet Governance
· Blog on Internet
· Confusion over Use
· Lessons: Trademark Use Debate
· Online Word of Mouth
· Deregulating Relevancy
· Privatizing Trademarks
· Social Marketing

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