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Library to show documentary film on free expression vs. copyright Oct. 6

- September 29, 2008


The University Libraries will sponsor a showing of the documentary film Freedom of Expression®: Resistance and Repression in the Age of Intellectual Property on Monday, Oct. 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. in Konover Auditorium.

In 1998, Kembrew McLeod, an associate professor of communication studies at the University of Iowa, trademarked the phrase “freedom of expression” – a startling comment on the way that intellectual property law restricts creativity and expression of ideas.

The documentary explores the battles being waged in courts, classrooms, museums, film studios, and the Internet over control of cultural commons. Based on McLeod’s award-winning book of the same title, Freedom of Expression® charts the many successful attempts to push back the assault by overzealous copyright holders.

Jeremy Smith, a co-producer of the film, will speak. Currently, Smith is pursing a master’s degree in library and information science at Simmons College.

A reception will follow.

The showing is sponsored by the Libraries’ Copyright Team.

For additional information on the documentary, go to: http://freedomofexpression.us/dvd.html





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