January 16, 2022

Practising Law Institute Panel Discusses Copyright and Mass Digitization

From Bloomberg BNA:

Is mass digitization of copyrighted works around the corner?

Maybe, maybe not.

A panel tackled the question of how mass digitization of copyrighted works might be achieved, during the “Intellectual Property” panel discussion at Practising Law Institute’s “Communications Law in the Digital Age 2014” Nov. 14 in New York.

Barton Beebe, the John M. Desmarais Professor of Intellectual Property Law at New York University School of Law, explained that after various licensing proposals have basically been rejected, “the whole conversation has shifted … into the fair use cases.”


Clearly, mass digitization is “going to explode,” Mary Snapp remarked. Snapp, who serves as corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of the Business Development and Evangelism Group in Microsoft Corp.’s Legal and Corporate Affairs department, thinks that regardless of whether there are social, financial or health benefits to mass digitization, “the world is gonna go there, and copyright’s gonna have to keep up somehow.”

Read the Complete Report (955 Words) Including Comments From Other Panelists:

  • Jennifer Pariser, Executive Director Of Academic Outreach At The Motion Picture Association
  • Andrew Bridges, of Fenwick & West LLP, San Francisco
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