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A Debate: The War over Music
Stanford Law Professor Larry Lessig vs. Former RIAA CEO Hilary Rosen
Sponsored by Student Affairs: Spectrum, College of Letters, Arts & Sciences
Tue, October 21, 2003
Wed, October 22, 2003
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Admission: General Public, $10; USC Faculty and Staff, $8; USC Students, $5

Bovard Auditorium (ADM)
University Park Campus

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Stanford law professor Larry Lessig debates Hilary Rosen, former CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America, on issues surrounding downloading music, internet piracy and copyright laws in the world of cyberspace.

The College of Letters, Arts & Sciences Lecture Series continues with the second in a series of debates, this time with ?The War over Music.?

Hilary Rosen, former CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America, debates copyright and intellectual property expert Larry Lessig on issues related to music piracy, including whether piracy is legal or controllable and copyright laws in the world of cyberspace.

As a professor at Stanford Law School, Lessig teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional and Internet law. Lessig authored "Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace" and has written articles widely published in such periodicals as "The New Republic," "Wall Street Journal" and "Wired Magazine."

Lessig?s extensive teaching includes a fellowship at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin last year and previous engagements at Harvard Law and the University of Chicago Law School.

Rosen is former chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of the RIAA, the trade group representing the $14 billion U.S. sound recording industry. Rosen has appeared on various year-end power lists including "The Hollywood Reporter?s" 'Power 50' and the "Washingtonian?s" '100 Most Powerful Women.'

A founder and board member of Rock the Vote, Rosen has consistently and forcefully protected the right of artists to deliver their own message without fear of government censorship, and is the recipient of numerous honors for her work on behalf of the First Amendment, including the American Civil Liberties Union's Torch of Liberty.

A veteran lobbyist on Capitol Hill, Rosen has also long been respected for her knowledge of the political and legislative process.

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Added by lhl on September 22, 2003



Do you think I need to buy tickets in advance, or at the door?


Not sure, sometimes these things sell out. I doubt this will. Might want to arrive early to get good seats (and make sure you can park - $6 in school lots, or you should be able to find somewhere near campus).


A two day debate? Does the second day pick up where the first one left off, and is it worth going to both?


I'm hoping it's a cage match to the death.


Yeah, I hear you have to pay for the whole seat, but you'll only need THE EDGE!!!


Regarding the two days... It's a spectrum series event, and while those are for the general public, they also often serve as a required event for students in Writing 140 (and as a required GE class, basically all USC students take that in one of their first two semesters). Usually for the required events they have to have two times in order to fit student class schedules. I would assume this is the case here, and that the debate would go over the same material both times.


are these things taped or archived at all? I'd love to be ale to check this out but i'm all the way across the country.


Hmm, I know these events are usually taped/archived, but I don't know if they are made publically available. I'll ask a co-worker who does Research Channel stuff if there's any chance of releasing it.

Note, that you can see a webcast of the "Future of Intellectual Property" debate Lessig had with Valenti back in 2000 here: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/futureofip/


I just looked at USC's site for the venue and it looks like it can hold 1200 people.


Lawrence Lessig is my hero.


due to the mta strike it looks like i've been forced to beg for a ride. i'd be heading up from north orange county [fullerton] and can chip in for gas. anyone?


there right now. it *is* being taped, although spectrum hasn't confirmed if they'll be webcasting this eventually.