Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Sixth keynote announced: Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig is a Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and founder of the school's Center for Internet and Society. Prior to joining the Stanford faculty, he was the Berkman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and a Professor at the University of Chicago.

Much of his work has focused on law and technology, especially as it affects copyright. He represented web site operator Eric Eldred in the ground-breaking case Eldred v. Ashcroft, a challenge to the 1998 Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act. His current academic work is in the area of influence and "corruption." Other areas of teaching and writing include constitutional law, contracts, and the law of cyberspace.

Lawrence Lessig has won numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation's Freedom Award, and was named one of Scientific American's Top 50 Visionaries, for arguing "against interpretations of copyright that could stifle innovation and discourse online."

He is the author of Code v2 (2007), Free Culture (2004), The Future of Ideas (2001) and Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace (1999). He is CEO of the Creative Commons project, and is on the board of MAPLight and the Sunlight Foundation. He has served on the board of the Free Software Foundation, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Public Library of Science, and Public Knowledge. He was also a columnist for Wired, Red Herring, and the Industry Standard.

For more, see Lawrence Lessig’s blog:

2008 LIANZA conference and the Faculty of Law at The University of Auckland are co-hosting Lawrence Lessig’s New Zealand visit. He will make a keynote presentation at the LIANZA conference and will also present an address to a law audience at the university.


Deborah Fitchett said...

Wow, great news!

paul reynolds said...

Very good news indeed - well done - I and even though he doesnt speak about the Cretive Commons framework, I think we need to use this visit to get the CC framework in New Zealand moving along .