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February 7, 2011 / Claremont Art Events

Attorney in AP lawsuit against Shepard Fairey at Pomona College on February 9, 2011

This promises to be a night of interesting and possibly heated debate. We have Jonathan Lethem, writer and Pomona College professor who I think we can call a defender of plagiarism; we have Doug Lichtman who represented the AP in that ridiculous Obama Hope lawsuit against Shepard Fairey that was recently settled; and we have Joichi Ito who is one of the most influential people on the internet and was an early investor in some companies you’ve heard of, like Flickr and Twitter.

Come out and see this. The Q&A ought to be spectacular.

PSU: “Ownership in the Age of the Mash-Up” – 7 p.m., Pomona College Rose Hills Theatre (lower level, Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). With mash-up artists gaining popularity and fan fiction influencing authors, transformative works have entered mainstream consciousness. Three experts on intellectual property rights will discuss the legality and merit of these works and the place they hold in our society, addressing the question: where does inspiration end and plagiarism start? The panel will include: Jonathan Lethem, Pomona’s Roy E. Disney Professor in Creative Writing and author of “The Ecstasy of Influence”; Doug Lichtman, UCLA Law professor representing the Associated Press in its suit against the creator of the “Obama Hope” poster; and Joichi Ito, the current CEO of Creative Commons.

See you there.

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