Laura Quilter, copyright and information policy librarian at the University of Massachusetts, explores how The Copyright Clause has become surprisingly contentious in recent decades. Copyright law now governs each paper you write, each email you send, every snapshot you take with your smartphone and even the notes you jot on scraps of paper-- until 70 years after your death. This expansion has led copyright to become the subject of contentious debate, and courts and scholars have begun rediscovering copyright's Constitutional origins. Where is all this going, and what effect will it have on those of us in the academy, who create, learn from, teach and preserve the products of The Copyright Clause?
This event marks Constitution Day and is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.