CFP: 2020 Intellectual Property Scholars Conference (Stanford Law)

Call for Papers:  2020 Intellectual Property Scholars Conference

Thursday–Friday, August 6–7, 2020
Stanford Law School
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305-8610



The Program in Law, Science & Technology at Stanford Law School will host the 20th Annual Intellectual Property Scholars Conference on August 6-7, 2020.

The IP Scholars Conference brings together intellectual property scholars to present their works in progress in order to benefit from the critique of colleagues. The conference is co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, UC Berkeley School of Law; the Intellectual Property Law Program, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University; the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology, DePaul University College of Law; and the Stanford Program in Law, Science & Technology, Stanford Law School.

We expect that IPSC 2020 will include both plenary and “break out” sessions. IPSC 2020 will accept presentation requests on all IP-related topics, including but not limited to Copyright, Trademark and Unfair Competition Law, Patent, Trade Secret, Cyberlaw, and Innovation Law Beyond IP.

The IPSC format is designed to facilitate free-ranging discussion and to help scholars hone their ideas. Papers presented are works in progress that can benefit from substantial commentary and revision. Because of the importance of group discussion, we ask that attendees and presenters plan to stay for the entire conference.

There is no charge to attend the conference. Conference presenters and attendees are expected to pay for transportation and lodging. Stanford Law School will provide complimentary food and drink throughout the conference, including the pre-conference reception on Wednesday, August 5 and the IP Scholars Conference Dinner on Thursday, August 6.


Samantha Zyontz
Research Fellow in Intellectual Property
Stanford Law School
(650) 725-7898

Symposium on Emerging IP Issues: Opportunities & Challenges in Creative & Innovative Industries (Southern Method Univ. Law)

16th Symposium on Emerging Intellectual Property Issues: Opportunities and Challenges in Creative and Innovative Industries

February 28, 2020, 8:30am–5:00pm
SMU Dedman School of Law
Underwood Law Library, Hillcrest Classroom
6550 Hillcrest Avenue
Dallas, TX 75205



Please join SMU Dedman School of Law for a symposium exploring the latest major controversies, legal developments, and judicial decisions in the field of intellectual property, through panel presentations and discussions with distinguished academics, jurists, practitioners, and leaders in industry.

Symposium Agenda

SMU Parking Pass and Map 

Symposium Registrant Folder

Symposium Topics Include:

  • Software and Intellectual Property: Should Software Be Free?
  • Creative Professionals and Copyright
  • Lunch Keynote: Lawyer to the Stars: Donald S. Passman on the Role of Copyright in Sustaining Creativity
  • Intellectual Property Legislation in the New Age
  • War Stories from Creators and Innovators: How Intellectual Property Actually Impacts Creativity and Innovation

Keynote Speaker

Donald S. Passman

  • Our keynote speaker, attorney and author Donald S. Passman, will reflect on his career as a lawyer advising and representing some of the music industry’s greatest stars, including Taylor Swift, Adele, Elton John, Green Day, Pink, Stevie Wonder, and Paul Simon.
  • In particular, he will discuss the role of copyright law in supporting and sustaining creativity, as well as the challenges of modern technology to traditional copyright doctrines.
  • Passman is the author of All You Need to Know About the Music Industry and is a partner in the Los Angeles firm of Gang, Tyre, Ramer, Brown & Passman.

Featured Speakers

  • Ann Bartow, Director of the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property and Professor, University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law
  • Shannon Bates, Partner, Harper Bates & Champion LLP and Adjunct Clinical Professor of Law, Patent Clinic at SMU Dedman School of Law
  • David W. Carstens, Partner, Carstens & Cahoon, LLP and Adjunct Professor, SMU Dedman School of Law
  • Tom Clees, Vice President, Federal Public Policy, Recording Industry Association of America
  • Gerardo Con Diaz, Assistant Professor, Science and Technology Studies, University of California, Davis
  • Russell Farr, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Caris Life Sciences
  • Kristelia García, Associate Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School
  • Ellen Harris, Co-Founder and President, DynaStudy, Inc.
  • Justin Hughes, Hon. William Matthew Bryne, Jr. Chair Professor of Law, Loyola Marymount University, Loyola Law School
  • Sharon Israel, Partner, Shook, Hardy and Bacon, L.L.P.
  • Rae Liu, Principal and Founder, DC International, Co-Founder, Leatherology
  • Adam Mossoff, Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
  • Keith Robinson, Co-Director of the Tsai Center for Law, Science and Innovation and Associate Professor of Law, SMU Dedman School of Law
  • Robert Sachs, President, Robert R. Sachs PC
  • Hans Sauer, Deputy General Counsel and Vice President for Intellectual Property, Biotechnology Innovation Organization; Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown Law
  • David O. Taylor, Co-Director of the Tsai Center for Law, Science and Innovation and Associate Professor of Law, SMU Dedman School of Law


The Evolving Music Ecosystem (George Mason Univ. CPIP)

The Evolving Music Ecosystem

Thursday–Friday, April 23–24, 2020 (postponed, new date TBD)
Antonin Scalia Law School
George Mason University
Arlington, Virginia


  • Website:
  • Online Registration Deadline:  Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 12:00pm ET
  • Cancellation Policy:  Cancel on or before Wednesday, April 15, 2020, to receive full refund.
  • Onsite Registration will be available at the conference, but we cannot guarantee a seat at the keynote lunch.


The past year has seen major changes to the music ecosystem and the laws and policies integral to its viability. For example, while the Music Modernization Act (MMA) provided a much-needed update to the way artists’ creative contributions are recognized and supported in the digital age, debates over royalties, infringement, piracy, and new distribution models remain. Diverse issues surrounding ownership and control of data, music festival arrangements, and the nature of artists’ roles in the gig economy also made headlines. Despite encouraging steps forward and seemingly unlikely partnerships, arriving at a place of balance in music—where respect for artists and others on the music production side is just as important as facilitating innovative models for listener access—requires more work and cooperation.

This unique conference continues a dialogue on the music ecosystem begun by CPIP Executive Director Sean O’Connor while at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle. In its inaugural year in the D.C. area, the conference aims to bring together musicians, music fans, lawyers, artist advocates, business leaders, government policymakers, and anyone interested in supporting thriving music ecosystems in the U.S. and beyond.




12:00 – 1:15 PM: REGISTRATION


  • Sean O’Connor, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, Executive Director & Senior Scholar, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property
  • Sandra Aistars, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, Director of Copyright Research and Policy & Senior Scholar, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property


From mp3s to YouTube to Spotify, the way we listen to music in the digital age has changed considerably over the past twenty years. At a time when physical copy records and full-length albums have been replaced by the streaming single, what role does a record label play? And as traditional lines between creator, copyright owner, and distributor continue to blur, how will labels and streaming services work together to ensure that artists are appropriately compensated and incentivized? This panel will explore recent developments in copyright law as they apply to the music industry and look ahead to how music ecosystems will evolve in the coming years.

  • Mark Baker, Vice President, Public Policy & Government Affairs, Warner Music Group
  • Mitch Glazier, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Recording Industry Association of America
  • Garrett Levin, Chief Executive Officer, Digital Media Association
  • Larry Miller, NYU Steinhardt, Director, Music Business Program
  • Moderator: Prof. Loren Mulraine, Belmont University College of Law


The Music Modernization Act was enacted in 2018 and Mechanical Licensing Collective, Inc. was designated to administer the new composition database and blanket licensing system. This panel will consider issues in the implementation of the new licensing regime as well as in the associated Classics Protection and Access Act and Allocations for Music Producers Act.

  • Danielle Aguirre, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, National Music Publishers’ Association, Board Member, Mechanical Licensing Collective
  • Adam Gorgoni, ComposerFounding Member, Songwriters Of North America
  • Cynthia Greer, Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Sirius XM Radio, Board Member, Digital Licensee Coordinator
  • Mark Schultz, University of Akron School of Law, Director, Intellectual Property & Technology Law Program, Senior Scholar, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property
  • Regan Smith, General Counsel & Associate Register of Copyrights,United States Copyright Office
  • Moderator: Jacqueline Charlesworth, Partner, Alter, Kendrick & Baron



Music copyright is unusual in that it can consist of two separate kinds of registered works. Musical compositions are the underlying song, most easily thought of in terms of notated sheet music. Sound recordings are particular performances captured in a recording. This panel focuses on current hot topics in the composition rights. Panelists will consider: how to determine the scope of composition for composers not fluent in written notation (including social justice aspects); whether and how juries should be used in assessing substantial similarity between works; new distribution and licensing models; whether it makes sense to distinguish composition from sound recordings in today’s beats forward studio-based composition approach for pop music; and AI compositions.

  • Joe Bennett, Vice President for Operations, Global Strategy & Innovation, Berklee College of Music
  • Richard Busch, Partner, Litigation Section & Head of Entertainment and Intellectual Property Sections, King & Ballow
  • Robert Clarida, Member & Partner, Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt
  • Paul Heald, University of Illinois College of Law
  • Moderator: Prof. Robert Brauneis, George Washington University Law School, Co-Director, Intellectual Property Law Program

FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2020

8:00 – 9:00 PM: REGISTRATION


The sound recording category of music copyrights has been more limited in some ways than the composition category. They received no federal protection before 1972 and then afterwards did not apply to terrestrial radio broadcasts. The recent Music Modernization Act extended a measure of protection to pre-’72 sound recordings, while proposed legislation would allow sound recording owners to seek compensation from terrestrial radio stations for public performances of the works similar to the system for digital webcasters and streaming. The panel will discuss the current state of sound recordings, their curious history under U.S. law, and their future in the digital streaming age.

  • Todd Dupler, Managing Director, Advocacy & Public Policy, Recording Academy
  • Mikael “Count” Eldridge, Music Producer, Engineer, Mixer, Remixer, Mastering Engineer, & Filmmaker, Vertebrae Productions
  • Brieanne Jackson, Assistant General Counsel, Licensing & Enforcement, SoundExchange
  • Lauri Rechardt, Chief Legal Officer, International Federation of the Phonographic Industry
  • Moderator: Prof. Joseph Fishman, Vanderbilt University Law School



Access to consumer data and the ability to process and respond to it is perhaps the most valuable component of our digital global ecosystems—no matter the industry. In the music business, collecting and analyzing data about listeners and their habits is already occurring on a massive scale, and it’s informing the development of new business models and platforms. But questions of ownership and data sharing loom large, as musicians increasingly realize the value of knowing more about their fans. This panel will discuss the current state of data collection and analytics in the music industry and explore the ways that big data can foster creative ecosystems that benefit all stakeholders.

  • Serona Elton, University of Miami Frost School of Music, Director, Music Business & Entertainment Industries Program, President, Elton Entertainment
  • Tonya Evans, University of New Hampshire, Franklin Pierce School of Law
  • Joshua Friedlander, Senior Vice President, Research & Economics, Recording Industry Association of America
  • Jake Linford, Florida State University College of Law
  • Moderator: Prof. Sean Pager, Michigan State University College of Law

12:00 – 1:20 PM: KEYNOTE LUNCH
Sponsored by Recording Industry Association of America

Please join us for a fireside chat with Rosanne Cash and Prof. Sandra Aistars.

  • Rosanne Cash, Singer/Songwriter(@rosannecash)
  • Sandra Aistars, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, Director of Copyright Research and Policy & Senior Scholar, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property


At a time when industrious artists can act as their own producers, promoters, booking agents, managers, etc., is there still a need for traditional representation in the music business? What is the role of an artist manager in today’s industry? And how has it evolved as the internet and interconnectivity have grown? This panel will bring together artists, managers, lawyers, and venue owners to discuss the constant evolution of artist representation and the business of music.

  • Olufunmilayo Arewa, Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • Jonathan Barnett, University of Southern California Gould School of Law, Senior Scholar, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property
  • George Howard, Berklee College of Music, Founder, Music Audience Exchange, Founding Member, Open Music Initiative, Chief Innovation Officer, Riptide Music Group, Founder, GHS
  • Lita Rosario, Principal, WYZ Girl Entertainment Consulting
  • Moderator: Prof. Robert Heverly, Albany Law School



Recognizing and supporting local artists and musicians is vital to the preservation of creative and culturally diverse communities. Whether full-time professional musicians or part-time hobbyists, creative individuals’ contributions to their communities is invaluable and difficult to measure. But like many who make a living through artistic endeavors, musicians often struggle to find steady work and lack the benefits that many of us take granted. Additionally, musicians often encounter mental health and substance abuse issues at a greater rate than non-artists. The panel will discuss the many ways that a vibrant music scene benefits a community, the ways that communities can give back, and the resources available to musicians in need.

  • John Good, Executive Director, Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts
  • Yudu Gray Jr., Founder & Chief Executive Officer, House Studio DC
  • Jennifer Leff, Senior Director, MusiCares
  • Erik Philbrook, Vice President & Creative Director, Marketing & Communications, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
  • Ying Zhen, Wesleyan College
  • Moderator: Prof. Lateef Mtima, Howard University School of Law, Founder & Director, Institute for Intellectual Property & Social Justice


  • Sean O’Connor, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, Executive Director & Senior Scholar, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property

4:45 – 6:00 PM: RECEPTION


CFP: 2020 Roundtable on Empirical Methods in Intellectual Property (Cardozo Law)

Call for Papers:  2020 Roundtable on Empirical Methods in Intellectual Property

Thursday–Friday, June 18–19, 2020
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Yeshiva University
55 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10003



We are pleased to announce the seventh annual Roundtable on Empirical Methods in Intellectual Property. Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Cardozo Law School, and the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) are negotiating an agreement to co-host the event. The roundtable will take place at Cardozo Law School in New York on June 18-19, 2020.

The roundtable is intended to give scholars engaging in empirical and experimental studies of IP a chance to receive feedback on their work at an early stage in their research. Accordingly, the roundtable will be limited to a small cohort of scholars discussing projects that are still in their developmental stages. Projects that will have substantially begun data collection by the time of the roundtable are inappropriate. Pilot data collection is, however, appropriate.

The roundtable will be organized around a modest number of projects. Each project presenter will be expected to circulate a description of the project of no more than 10 pages by June 5. Each project will be assigned to an expert commenter and will be allotted 45 minutes of discussion by the attendees.

We welcome applications from scholars in the social sciences and law. Domestic travel and lodging support for presenters will be provided.

Applications are due by April 3, 2020. We will notify applicants by April 24, 2020.

To apply to present at the workshop, please email with the following information:

  • Name
  • Institutional Affiliation
  • Title of Project
  • Description of Project (<750 words) including the issues to be addressed and the empirical methods to be employed.
  • Acknowledgement that the project will not have reached data collection by the time of the workshop.


2020 TPRI Conference on Technology & Declining Economic Dynamism (Boston Univ. Law)

2020 Conference on Technology & Declining Economic Dynamism
Technology Policy Research Initiative

Thursday, April 16, 2020, 9:00am–Friday, April 17, 2020, 4:00pm EDT
Boston University School of Law
765 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215



Technology no longer seems to generate widely shared economic growth as well as it once did. Highly productive startup firms do not grow as quickly and productivity advances no longer diffuse as rapidly. These tendencies contribute to growing economic disparities between firms, greater economic inequality between workers and between regions, and slower overall economic growth. At the same time, new technologies may contribute to rising market power and the persistent market dominance of large firms. Policy changes, such as changed antitrust enforcement or intellectual property policy, and other factors may have also contributed to these changes. These trends portend possible further declines in industry dynamism. This conference explores what has changed, why, and what to do about it.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided both days.

Registration required.

Thursday, April 16

9:00AM           Welcoming Remarks.  Angela Onwuachi-Willig, Dean, BU Law

9:10AM           Declining Dynamism.

  • This panel presents and discusses evidence on declining industrial dynamism including evidence about industry concentration, growth of productive firms, declining diffusion, and displacement of industry leaders.
  • Chiara Criscuolo, OECD, “Recent trends in Industry Concentration, Mark-ups and Business Dynamism”
  • John Haltiwanger, Maryland
  • Nicolas Crouzet, Northwestern, “Rents and Intangible Capital: A Q+ Framework”
  • James Bessen, BU, “Declining Disruption”
  • Victor Bennett, Duke, “Changes in Persistence of Performance Over Time”
  • Thomas Philippon, NYU
  • John Van Reenen, MIT

11:40AM         Labor and Industry Dynamism (including Lunch Panel).

  • This panel presents research on how labor mobility affects innovation and productivity, how noncompete and other policies affect labor mobility, and how tradable services are affecting the labor market for highly skilled workers.
  • Gerald Marschke, SUNY-Albany, “Worker Mobility and the Decline in Innovation Rates and Diffusion”
  • Sharat Ganapati, Georgetown, “Skilled Tradable Services: The Transformation of U.S. High-Skill Labor Markets”
  • Matt Marx, BU
  • Evan Starr, Maryland
  • Bledi Taska, Burning Glass Technologies

1:15PM           Rate and Nature of Innovation.

  • This panel explores causes of slowing innovation including a shift away from private basic research, a dearth of STEM-led startups, business cycle shifts in the nature of innovation, and a shift from digital general purpose technologies to specialized ones.
  • Benjamin Balsmeier, University of Luxembourg, “Heterogeneous Innovation and the Antifragile Economy”
  • Neil Thompson, MIT, “The Decline of Computers as a General Purpose Technology”
  • Sharon Belenzon, Duke, “The Changing Structure of American Innovation”
  • Serguey Braguinsky, Maryland, “Declining Business Dynamics Among Our Best Opportunities? – Causes and Consequences”
  • John Van Reenen, MIT, “Are Ideas Getting Harder to Find?”

3:00PM           Intellectual Property.

  • To what extent have IP changes slowed the diffusion of innovations? This panel looks at strengthening of trade secrecy and patents and the potential role of the Oracle v Google decision.
  • Imke Reimers, Northeastern, “Visibility of Technology and Cumulative Innovation: Evidence from Trade Secrets Laws”
  • Pam Samuelson, Berkeley
  • Ufuk Akcigit, Chicago

4:05PM           Platforms.

  • To what extent do platforms pose a challenge to innovation? Do they create barriers to entry or do platforms provide a way for small firms to benefit from the Cloud and other large scale technologies?
  • Andrei Hagiu, BU, “Platforms Competing with Their Participants”
  • Kristina McElheran, Toronto, “Economies Before Scale: Survival and Performance of Young Plants in the Age of Cloud Computing”
  • Luigi Zingales, Chicago, “Stigler Committee on Digital Platforms, Final Report”

Friday, April 17

8:30AM           Theory.

  • This panel provides a range of theoretical models to explain observed changes. Some focus on the special role of information technology; others on alternative mechanisms including the aging workforce, low interest rates, and a decline in allocative efficiency.
  • Maarten De Ridder, Cambridge (UK), “Market Power and Innovation in the Intangible Economy”
  • Danial Lashkari, Boston College, “Information Technology and Returns to Scale”
  • Gabriel Unger, Harvard, “Scale-Biased Technological Change”
  • Emmanuel Farhi, Harvard, “Productivity and Misallocation in General Equilibrium”
  • Hugo Hopenhayn, UCLA, “The Rise and Fall of Labor Force Growth”
  • Ernest Liu, Princeton, “Low Interest Rates, Market Power, and Productivity Growth”
  • Philippe Aghion, College de France, “A Theory of Falling Growth and Rising Rents”
  • Ufuk Akcigit, Chicago, “Ten Facts on Declining Business Dynamism and Lessons from Endogenous Growth Theory”

11:15AM         Acquisitions by Dominant Firms

  • When a large firm acquires a startup is that good for innovation or bad? What is the evidence on “killer acquisitions” and “kill zones”?
  • Florian Ederer, Yale, “Killer Acquisitions”
  • Andrew McCreary, Stanford, “Exit Strategy”
  • Erik Hovenkamp, USC, “Antitrust Limits on Startup Acquisitions”
  • Geoffrey Manne, International Center for Law & Economics, “Kill Zones! Killer Acquisitions! Stealth Consolidation! Anticompetitive Appropriation!: A Public Policy Perspective”
  • Luigi Zingales, Chicago, “Kill Zone”

12:55PM         Antitrust Panel (Lunch).

  • Can antitrust policy meet the challenge and, if so, how?
  • Herbert Hovenkamp, Penn
  • Jason Furman, Harvard
  • William Kovacic, GW Law
  • Nancy Rose, MIT
  • Michael Salinger, BU

2:25PM           Data Panel.

  • Many people contend that access to data presents a serious obstacle to startups or provides large firms a major advantage. This panel explores industry experience with data, technological solutions to sharing data, and policies such as privacy law and granting property rights in data.
  • Azer Bestavros, BU
  • Robert Seamans, NYU, “The Business of AI  Startups”
  • Andy Sellars, BU
  • Daniel Faulkner, Plannuh
  • Alberto Cavallo, Harvard, “More Amazon Effects: Online Competition and Pricing Behaviors”
  • Garrett Johnson, BU, “Privacy & Market Concentration: Intended & Unintended Consequences of the GDPR”
  • Pam Samuelson, Berkeley

4:00PM           Conclusion

CFP: 2020 Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest (Cartagena, Colombia)

Call for Proposals:  2020 Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest

Thursday–Saturday, August 13–15, 2020
Convention Center, Hilton Cartagena Hotel
Avenida Almirante Brion, El Laguito
Cartagena de Indias, Colombia


  • Website:
  • Registration Period:  February 18–August 15, 2020
  • Call for Proposal Period:  February 18–April 17, 2020
  • Scholarship Application Period:  February 18–April 17, 2020


This year the Global Congress will have a methodology that will prioritize sessions that have participants from at least two countries, that are diverse (eg, gender, ethnicity) in their composition and that put into dialogue the work that academics and activists carry out. The inclusion of Latin American perspectives will be valued. The session formats that you can present will be:

  • Workshop: an interactive session where they seek to address solutions around a problem.
  • Discussion table: discussion about a specific topic that involves various interests, for example, presentation of research results around the same topic. No more than 25 attendees.
  • Panel:presentation of a topic from different experiences that invite discussion.
  • Global Talks:TED Talk conference with a duration between 5 and 15 minutes, a single person presents the exploration of an idea, initiative or challenge.
  • Strategic meetings:an informal meeting on a particular topic. This format allows participants to establish contacts, connect and forge partnerships.
  • Fireside chat:An informal, yet structural dialogue between moderator and speakers on an issue of interest, which engages the audience, through questions and answers
  • Advocacy Bootcamp: an intensive course of training aiming to give participants the knowledge and analytic tools to contribute to the advocacy debates.

To include your session proposal, you must first register, submit your session proposal or include the session number when another person has included it (if applicable) and finally if you wish, submit the scholarship application at My Profile.

A Chat with the FTC Commissioners (Tech. Pol’y Inst.)

A Chat with the FTC Commissioners

Wednesday, February 5, 2019, 10:00-11:30am
Technology Policy Institute
409 12th Street, SW
Second Floor
Washington, DC 20024



U.S. Federal Trade Commissioners Noah Joshua Phillips and Rebecca Kelly Slaughter will address current technology policy issues during a panel conversation hosted by the Technology Policy Institute on Wednesday, February 5 from 10AM-11:30AM. The moderated discussion and question-and-answer session will be held at TPI’s offices in the second-floor conference facility, located at 409 12th Street, SW.

CFP: TPRC48 Research Conference on Communications, Information and Internet Policy

Call for Proposals:  TPRC48 Research Conference on Communications, Information and Internet Policy

Friday–Saturday, September 25–26, 2020
American University Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Ave NW
Washington DC 20016


  • Website:
  • Submission of papers, posters, and panel ideas:  February 15–March 16, 2020 March 31, 2020 (extended)
  • Submission of Student Paper Contest entries:   April 30, 2020
  • Submission for Benton Award:  May 31, 2020
  • Notice of decisions to the submitting author:  May 31, 2020
  • Final, complete papers for presentation:  July 26, 2020


TPRC is an annual cross-disciplinary conference on communications, information, and Internet policy that convenes researchers and policymakers from law, economics, engineering, computer science, public policy, data science, and related fields working in academia, industry, government, and nonprofit organizations around the world.

TPRC is seeking submissions for its 48th conference, including papers, posters, panels, the Charles Benton Early Career Scholar Award and the Student Paper Contest.

Proposals can be submitted by clicking the specific links below beginning February 15 through March 16 (proposals for student tracks are due April 30 and for the Benton Award on May 31).

Papers & Posters

Submit an abstract of research in progress or recently completed and present the completed paper in a conference session or as a poster.  The presentation of a paper is best for work that has been completed, whereas posters are ideal for feedback on work-in-progress and completed work where detailed feedback and engagement is desired.  Posters will be prominently displayed and provide an opportunity to discuss your research in detail with conference attendees.


Propose a panel discussion of a relevant topic. If your proposal is selected, you will be asked to organize the panel.

Student Paper Contest

In addition to the regular conference proposals, students may also submit papers to the student paper contest. The Student Paper Contest winners receive cash prizes, and GSC participants receive unique mentorship and networking opportunities. Both receive complimentary registration in TPRC48.


The program committee encourages submissions from diverse organizations, disciplines, approaches, and geographies on the following and related topics:

  • Broadband technologies, deployment, adoption, and regulation
  • Wireless policy (e.g., auctions, 5G, Radio spectrum, IMT-2020)
  • Internet governance
  • Platforms, media, and content and their regulatory design and convergence
  • Social media, video-sharing platforms, harmful content, regulatory initiatives
  • User and consumer behavior in communications and media; advertising and targeting
  • Privacy, information security, cybersecurity, data protection, and surveillance
  • Encryption, lawful access, and law enforcement
  • Innovation policy and intellectual property (copyright, trademark and patent)
  • Emerging technologies (e.g., AI, facial & biometric recognition, etc) and their social, economic, and policy implications
  • Gender, race, ethnicity, diversity, social justice, and social inclusion and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
  • Competition and antitrust in ICT, big tech
  • ICT and developing countries
  • International dimensions of ICT policy: trade, geopolitics, localization, security, and digital platform markets

To download a pdf of the full call for proposals, click here.

Watch our web site for specific instructions for submissions for the Graduate Research Pre-Conference.


Lay Listeners, Sheet Music, & Chord Progressions: The Future of Copyright Infringement Analysis in Music (Univ. of Colorado Law)

Lay Listeners, Sheet Music, & Chord Progressions: The Future of Copyright Infringement Analysis in Music

Thursday, March 5, 2020, 1:00pm–6:00pm
University of Colorado Law School
Wolf Law Building, Wittemyer Courtroom
2450 Kittredge Loop Road
Boulder, CO



In August 2019, a jury awarded a little-known songwriter $2.8 million in damages for copyright infringement. The alleged infringement involves four notes from Katy Perry’s hit song “Dark Horse.” The verdict can be viewed as a victory for the little guy—a Christian rapper who, pre-internet, would have struggled to show access, a required component of illegal copying. It can alternately be viewed as a dangerous precedent, opening the door for copyright trolls and deterring creation.

In 2017, Silicon Flatirons hosted a conference focused on the recently decided Blurred Lines case, in which Marvin Gaye’s estate secured a multi-million-dollar copyright infringement judgment against songwriters and recording artists, Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke. Since that time, dozens of similar lawsuits have accused artists­—ranging from Ed Sheeran to Led Zeppelin to Lady Gaga—of unauthorized copying of others’ songs. Some of these cases have settled with few publicly-available details. Others have gone to trial with juries ultimately awarding millions of dollars in damages.

Join us for our sixth annual content conference where we will welcome back some familiar faces, and new experts, to ask: Is this a good development? Are juries getting these “substantial similarity” cases right? If so, how do we know? If not, what are some alternative ways to handle these types of cases?


1:00pm–1:15pm          WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION

  • Kristelia García
    Associate Professor, University of Colorado Law School; Content Initiative Director, Silicon Flatirons

1:15pm–2:15pm          MUSIC PANEL

  • Joseph Fishman— Moderator
    Associate Professor of Law, Vanderbilt Law
  • Anna Morsett— Panelist
    Songwriter and Recording Artist (The Still Tide)
  • Jeff Prystowsky— Panelist
    Songwriter and Recording Artist (The Low Anthem)
  • Alex Stewart— Panelist
    Professor of Jazz Studies and Ethnomusicology, University of Vermont (Musicologist for Taurus)
  • Sandy Wilbur— Panelist
    President, Musiodata (Musicologist for Williams defendants)

2:15pm–2:30pm          BREAK

2:30pm–3:30pm          POLICY PANEL

  • Pamela Samuelson— Moderator
    Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California Berkeley; Co-director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology
  • Kevin Erickson— Panelist
    Director, Future of Music Coalition
  • Edward Lee— Panelist
    Professor of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Lateef Mtima— Panelist
    Professor of Law, Howard University School of Law; Founder and Director, Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice
  • Regan A. Smith— Panelist
    General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights, U.S. Copyright Office

3:30pm–3:45pm          BREAK

3:45pm–5:00pm          LEGAL PANEL

  • Kristelia García— Moderator
    Associate Professor, University of Colorado Law School; Content Initiative Director, Silicon Flatirons
  • Richard S. Busch— Panelist
    Partner, King & Ballow (Counsel for the Gaye estate)
  • Kenneth D. Freundlich— Panelist
    Attorney, Freundlich Law (Counsel for Amici Musicologists in Favor of Katy Perry)
  • Lydia Loren— Panelist
    Henry J. Casey Professor of Law, Lewis & Clark Law School
  • Francis Malofiy— Panelist
    Lord Commander, Francis Alexander LLC (Counsel for the estate of Randy “California” Wolfe)

5:00pm–6:00pm          RECEPTION

2020 David L. Lange Lecture on IP (Duke Law): Mark Lemley

2020 David L. Lange Lecture on Intellectual Property:  Mark Lemley

Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 12:30pm
Duke Law School, Room 3041
210 Science Drive
Durham, NC 27708



Mark A. Lemley, the William H. Neukom Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and the Director of the Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology, will deliver the 2020 David L. Lange Lecture on Intellectual Property, “The Splinternet.” Professor Lemley teaches intellectual property, patent law, trademark law, antitrust, the law of robotics and AI, video game law, and remedies. He is the author of eight books and 173 articles, including the two-volume treatise IP and Antitrust , and his works have been cited more than 270 times by courts, including 15 times by the United States Supreme Court, and more than 16,000 times in books and law review articles, making him the most-cited scholar in IP law and one of the five most cited legal scholars of all time. Professor Lemley is also a founding partner of Durie Tangri LLP and a founder of Lex Machina, Inc., a startup company that provides litigation data and analytics to law firms, companies, courts, and policymakers. Bag lunches will be provided on a first come first serve basis. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean. For more information, please contact Rachel Greeson