March 26, 2007

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Peter Decherney will lead the discussion, "Hollywood vs. the University: Fair Use and Education in the Digital Age," Thursday, April 5, at noon in the Traditional Reading Room of the Bertrand Library at Bucknell University.

The discussion, which is free to the public, is sponsored by the Bertrand Library.

In 2006, Decherney and two colleagues from the University of Pennsylvania successfully lobbied for the creation of an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The exemption allows professors to create clips from DVDs for use in teaching.

In response, the Motion Picture Association of America, Time-Warner, and other major studios, technology companies, and rights holders invested a significant amount of time, energy, and money to oppose the exemption.

In his presentation, Decherney will discuss the process of lobbying for the exemption and the philosophical clash between Hollywood and universities that the process revealed. He also will sketch some possibilities for the future of educational fair use in the Digital Age.
Assistant professor of Cinema Studies and English at the University of Pennsylvania, Decherney is the author of Hollywood and the Culture Elite. He is working on a book on the history and future of Hollywood and copyright law.

The Traditional Reading Room is located on the second floor of the Bertrand Library at Bucknell. It accessible via an elevator.

Posted March 26, 2007


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