First Amendment Studies

Free Speech and Intellectual Property

Presented by the BB&T Dialogue Series on Free Speech

A Panel Discussion

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

7-9 PM

Location: Painter Hall, Room 2.48


ROBERT LEVINE - Editor and Author covering the culture business

ADAM MOSSOFF - Professor of Law, George Mason University 

NEIL NETANEL - Professor of Law, UCLA 


  • Do copyright protections hamper free speech? or facilitate it?
  • Is a mash-up plagiarism? or creative expression?
  • Does digitalization change the old rules?


levinespeaking2ROBERT LEVINE is the author of Free Ride: How Digital Parasites are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back, which the New York Times called “a book that should change the debate about the future of culture.”.He has been the executive editor of Billboard and a features editor at Wired and New York, as well as a contributor to Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times. Mr. Levine attended Brandeis and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and has covered pop culture, technology, and the awkward dance between them for 15 years. Today, he covers the culture business from New York and Berlin.

mossoff2ADAM MOSSOFF is Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law, where he focuses in the areas of intellectual property and property law.  He has published numerous articles on topics in copyright law, patent law, property law, and legal philosophy, and teaches courses on  Internet Law, Patent Law, Property, Trade Secrets, Jurisprudence, and Property Theory. Professor Mossoff holds an M.A. in philosophy from Columbia University and graduated with honors from the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as a research assistant to Richard Epstein. After graduation, he clerked for the Honorable Jacques L. Wiener Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

netanelNEIL NETANEL holds the Pete Kameron Endowed Chair in Law at the UCLA School of  Law. He teaches and writes in the areas of copyright, trademark, and international intellectual property. His recent and forthcoming books include Copyright’s Paradox (Oxford University Press, 2008); The Development Agenda: Global Intellectual Property and Developing Countries (editor, Oxford University Press, 2008); From Maimonides to Microsoft; The Jewish Law of Copyright Since the Birth of Print (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2013) (with David Nimmer); and Copyright: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2014). Professor Netanel was on the faculty of the University of Texas School of Law from 1994 to 2003.


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