Law and the Infromation Society

Fordham Law Review, Dec 2005

Published on 01/01/05

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Law and the Infromation Society

Law and the Infromation Society 0 Thi s Article is brought to you for free and open access by FLASH: The F ordham Law Archive of Scholarship and History. It has been accepted for inclusion in Fordham Law Review by an authorized editor of FLASH: The F ordham Law Archive of Scholarship and History. For more information , please contact Recommended Citation Law and the Infr omation Society, 74 Fordham L. Rev. 345 (2005). Available at: - Article 1 LAW AND THE INFORMATION SOCIETY Editors' Foreword On April 7 and 8, 2005, Fordham University School of Law held a Symposium on Law and the Information Society that explored the challenges posed by information technologies and the changing role of law in our information economy. The Symposium examined key information law and policy issues in the context of society values across a range of related domestic and international areas such as intellectual property, trade, and privacy. The Symposium brought together the leading academics in this increasingly high-profile field of the law. Over the course of these two days, the dialogue among the panelists highlighted the breadth of opinions in this burgeoning area of the law, as well as the panelists' creativity in approaching these timely issues. There were six panels, each focusing on a different facet of the intersection between law and the information society. The first panel focused on the relationship between public values and intellectual property rights, and asked the following questions: What are the challenges for intellectual property rights in the information economy? Do digital rights management tools and anti-circumvention rules privatize intellectual property rights? How extensively should the law protect information and information products? How should intellectual property rights treat the public domain? The second panel addressed the freedom of expression in the information society, with a particular emphasis on the impact of regulation. This panel addressed questions such as the following: Can information products be regulated consistently with the First Amendment? What limits might be imposed on privacy protection, intellectual property, and competitive information? Is there a distinction between the regulation of commercial speech and the regulation of a commercial transaction involving information? How do international principles of free expression and harmful or illicit content apply in the online environment? What norms might a community impose? The third panel explored the impact of the international trade regime on information technology. The panelists discussed answers to the following questions: What challenges do information technologies create for the World Trade Organization system? What does the World Trade Organization system mean for information technologies? How will disputes over information technologies be resolved? FORDHAMLA WREVIEW

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