Lazerow Lectures Presents Noted Attorney Fred von Lohmann on
Copyrights and Digital Innovation April 4 at C.W. Post

February 23, 2006 – Brookville, N.Y. – Back in 1906, John Phillip Sousa was so worried that player pianos would cheat composers that he demanded copyright holders be granted a monopoly on devices that reproduce music.

A century later, copyright holders are again trying to control the production of technology – and this time it’s working, according to California attorney Fred Von Lohmann, who has defended file-sharers and programmers in court against entertainment companies.

“Developments in copyright law over the past 10 years have given copyright owners unprecedented power over the development of new digital technologies,” von Lohmann said. “As a result, copyright law now has become an important part of our national technology and innovation policy.”

Von Lohmann, the senior intellectual property attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco, will lecture on “Sousa Reborn: How Copyright Has Become Innovation Policy” in the Hutchins Gallery, B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University on Tuesday, April 4 at 7 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

He will discuss “the largely overlooked policy implications for technology and innovation when copyright law expands from policing ‘pirates’ to policing those who build the digital tools on which we all rely.”

Von Lohmann has appeared on The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, CNN, CNBC, ABC's Good Morning America and The O'Reilly Factor and has been widely been quoted in the nation’s top newspapers and magazines.

This presentation is part of the Lazerow Lectures -- a series of annual discussions honoring the memory of Samuel Lazerow, a pioneer in the use of computers in libraries and information services. The general theme of the lecture series centers on issues of information services, access and policy.

For more information, contact the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at 516-299-2866.

Long Island University C.W. Post Campus