Law School’s Student Journal Hosts Symposium on Property Rights in Cyberspace

Posted: September 7, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

“Property Rights on the Frontier: The Economics of Self-Help and Self-Defense in Cyberspace” is the topic of a one-day symposium sponsored by the Journal of Law, Economics, & Policy, a new student-run publication at George Mason’s School of Law. The event, cosponsored by Mason’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Project, takes place this Friday, Sept. 10, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Law School on Mason’s Arlington Campus.

The symposium will explore current issues related to self-help and self-defense in cyberspace, including how the legal and economics history of self-help has shaped the current environment, how various legislation has affected self-help measures, and how traditional forms of property compare with property in cyberspace. In addition, it will examine the social costs of deploying digital rights management systems to protect copyrighted content. This conference has been approved for six Virginia Continuing Legal Education Credits.

Speakers and their topics include:

  • Neal Katyal, Georgetown Law School—The Selfishness of Self-Help in Cyberspace

  • Orin Kerr, The George Washington University Law School—Fighting Computer Crime Outside of Criminal Law: A Skeptical View of Recent Proposals

  • Douglas Lightman, The University of Chicago School of Law—Removing Legal Impediments to Self-Help

  • Henry Smith, Yale Law School—Self-Help and the Nature of Property

The event is the first of what will be annual symposiums sponsored by the new law school publication, which is the first student-run journal of law and economics in academia. The journal focuses on publishing groundbreaking articles that appeal to both academics and practitioners.

The symposium is free, but registration is required. For more information or to register, visit the web site.

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