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Copyright 2.0 Exhibit

Biddle recently debuted a new exhibit for Spring and Summer 2007, "Copyright 2.0," which is currently on display in the reference area of the library.

Copyright 2.0 explores the thorny legal debate over intellectual property law in the Internet age. The past ten years have seen a number of high-profile cases directly addressing how copyright is understood, and enforced, in the era of peer-to-peer file sharing, YouTube, and mass digitization projects. Demonstrating that traditional notions of copyright are challenged on a daily basis, Viacom filed suit against Google over alleged copyright infringement on the Google-owned website YouTube on the same day that Ed Greenlee and I finished installing this exhibit.

Copyright 2.0 is divided into three general areas. The first, "Challenges to Copyright," displays alternative approaches to copyright, including the copyleft movement, public domain, and the Open Access Law project--started by one of Penn Law's adjunct teachers, Wharton Professor Dan Hunter . The second area, "Technology, Creativity, and the Arts," provides examples of how technology has given rise to new means of creativity while at the same time challenged traditional copyright law. The final section, "Key Figures," displays a list of important academics, advocacy groups, and think tanks that argue for a new way forward with the way intellectual property is used and distributed. (Yes, Lawrence Lessig definitely represents.)

The exhibit is currently on display in the three glass cases located in the reference area of the library. Once the new library website is up-and-running, I intend to create a webpage that will provide suggestions for further clicking about this complicated, fascinating, and topical area of law.

By the way, the NPR talk show "On Point with Tom Ashbrook" recently had some talking heads discussing what will soon become Viacom v. Google: