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Researchers to explore digital copyright issues

Jan. 18, 2008

KALAMAZOO--The growing tension between copyright laws and creative license will be discussed in a lecture and film presentation Friday, Jan. 25, at Western Michigan University.

The free program is open to the WMU community and will take place from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. in Room 3226 Kohrman Hall. Those planning to attend may bring a lunch, and although not required, reservations are appreciated.

The brown bag program will be presented by WMU faculty members Dr. Rebekah Farrugia, assistant professor of communication, and Dr. Jennifer Machiorlatti, associate professor of communication. It will feature the Michigan premiere of the duo's documentary film "Copyright and Creativity in the Digital Age."

Farrugia and Machiorlatti have spent three years creating and producing the documentary, which investigates the ways that copyright affects the creative process of visual artists, musicians and documentary filmmakers.

The 45-minute digital film also explores the impact that increasingly restrictive copyright laws are having on fair use and the creation of culture. Included are interviews with Lawrence Lessig, a Stanford University law professor and Wired magazine columnist; mash up artists A plus D; and Kirby Dick, director of "This Film is Not Yet Rated."

To make a reservation or learn more about the "Copyright and Creativity" program,
contact Dr. Julie Apker, associate professor of communication, at julie.apker@wmich.edu or (269) 387-3140.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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