Authors of Artists, Technology & the Ownership of Creative Content

Authors of Artists, Technology & the Ownership of Creative Content

This book includes chapters by Lear Center senior fellow and intellectual property expert David Bollier, as well as creative case studies, commissioned for the conference, by F.J. Dougherty of the Loyola School of Law; Jane Ginsberg of the Columbia University School of Law; Arnold P. Lutzker of Lutzker & Lutzker, LLP; and Sara Diamond of the Banff Centre. These case studies inspired film and play scripts. The scripts are included in the book, and the CD-ROM holds film and theater productions of the scripts written by Lear Center staffer and playright Tim McKeon.

Biographies of the Authors


David Bollier is a senior fellow at The Norman Lear Center at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and the author of Silent Theft: The Private Plunder of Our Common Wealth (Routledge, 2002). Since 1984, he has collaborated with television writer/producer Norman Lear on a wide variety of projects. He is also an occasional strategic advisor to foundations and citizen groups.

Much of Mr. Bollier’s recent work has focused on developing a new analysis and language for reclaiming “the American commons” — publicly owned resources like public lands, the airwaves, government research, and public institutions and spaces that are rapidly being privatized and commercialized. To help protect the commons of culture, science, and the Internet, Bollier co-founded Public Knowledge, a public-interest advocacy organization. He is also active with two other organizations dedicated to the commons — the Tomales Bay Institute and the Common Assets Defense Fund.

Over the past five years, Mr. Bollier has developed a number of strategic initiatives designed to pioneer new analyses or policy innovations. He founded Business Enterprise Trust with Norman Lear, and examined the dynamics of socially visionary business management in Aiming Higher: 25 Stories of How Companies Prosper by Combining Sound Management with Social Vision (AMACOM, 1996). In 1998, he published How Smart Growth Can Stop Sprawl, an early critique of the literature and activist battles against uncontrolled development, which led to the creation of the Sprawl Watch Clearinghouse. In 1999, Bollier wrote a lengthy essay examining the pro-consumer implications of open source code software for Harvard Law School?s Berkman Center on Internet and Society.

Over the past fifteen years, Bollier has written extensively about the social and economic impact of new digital technologies in reports prepared for the Aspen Institute?s Communications and Society Program. He also wrote the official report released by the Gore Commission (formally the Advisory Committee on Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters). Bollier has worked on projects with People for the American Way, the constitutional rights and civil liberties organization, and advised citizen groups affiliated with Ralph Nader, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Turner Foundation.


Sara Diamond is currently the Executive Producer for Television and New Media and the Artistic Director of Media and Visual Arts at the Banff Centre for the Arts (Alberta, Canada), where she works to integrate television and video environments with visual arts. She also created the New Media Institute in the Media and Visual Arts department, which offers a year-long series of think tanks, summits and workshops. She continues to curate at least one or two major exhibitions each year that usually involve interactive media (most recent: “Cyber Heart” at the Banff Center). Before joining the Banff Centre, she taught at the Emily Carr Institute of Art Design in Vancouver, at the University of California, Los Angeles and at CAL Arts.


F. Jay Dougherty is an Associate Professor of Law at the Loyola Law School, where he teaches courses on copyright law, entertainment law, motion picture production and finance, and entertainment law practicum. Before joining the Loyola faculty, he served as Assistant General Counsel for Turner Broadcasting System, responsible for Turner Pictures, and as Senior Vice President of Production/Worldwide Acquisition Legal Affairs for Twentieth Century Fox. He has also worked in a legal capacity for United Artists Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and he has represented various Broadway composers and authors. He is a Trustee of both the Los Angeles Copyright Society and the Copyright Society of the U.S.A.
Jane Ginsburg is the Morton L. Janklow Professor of Literary and Artistic Property Law at Columbia University. She has published three casebooks: Legal Methods: Cases and Materials (1996); Cases and Materials on Copyright (with Gorman, 5th ed. 1999); Trademark and Unfair Competition Law (2nd ed., 1999). She has authored numerous law review articles as well.

Ms. Ginsburg has taught French and U.S. intellectual property and contracts law at several French universities and in the Columbia-Leiden program. She serves on the editorial boards of several intellectual property journals. Her principal areas of specialization/interest are: intellectual property, private international law, comparative law, and legal methods.


Arnold Lutzker practices copyright, trademark, Internet, art and entertainment law. He currently has his own firm, Lutzker & Lutzker, located in Washington, D.C. Prior to that he was a partner in the Washington law firms of Fish & Richardson and Dow, Lohnes & Albertson. For over twenty years he has handled multi-million dollar compulsory copyright royalty claims for broadcast stations and television program producers and distributors.

Mr. Lutzker has drafted legislation and testimony on numerous bills including: the Satellite Home Viewers Act, the Berne Treaty Implementation Amendments, the National Preservation Act, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and the Copyright Term Extension Act.

He is the author of two books: Copyright and Trademarks for Media Professionals and Legal Problems in Broadcasting. He has also authored a video called Copyrights: the Internet, Multimedia and the Law as well as numerous articles. He also wrote the Directors Guild President?s Committee position for the Berne Convention.

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