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Shows 126-128 — Profs. Greg Lastowka, Adrian Johns and Nick Bostrom — posted

I am pleased to post the last three shows of the fall quarter. The first, Show # 126, November 17, is my interview with Prof. Greg Lastowka of Rutgers School of Law – Camden, author of Virtual Justice. Greg has written the definitive work on regulation of virtual worlds, examining the ideal parameters of law and regulation in such environments. Greg has written an engaging study and I greatly enjoyed the discussion.

The second show, Show #127, November 24, is my interview with Prof. Adrian Johns of the University of Chicago, author of Piracy. Adrian has written a comprehensive history of activity that today we’d call “piracy” going back hundreds of years. Ranging from publishing wars in 18th century England to modern battles, Johns’ focus allowed for a wide-ranging and in-depth discussion. I hope that you enjoy the discussion as much as I did.

The last show, Show # 128, December 1, is my interview with Prof. Nick Bostrom, Director, Future of Humanity Institute and Professor, University of Oxford. Nick focuses on what he calls “crucial considerations,” ranging from artificial intelligence to information hazards. In our discussion, we examined these topics and explored the future of Nick’s research. We had a great discussion and I hope that you enjoy it!

New shows will start again on January 12 and I’m very excited about the slate of guests. I’ll be posting the on-air schedule in early January. Meanwhile, happy holidays and new year!


shows #123-125 — fred stutzman, prof. peter lee and prof. tim wu — posted

I am pleased to post three new shows in this hectic semester. The first, Show #123, October 27 is my interview with Fred Stutzman, doctoral candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science. Fred is doing cutting-edge work on the impact of social media and, as a software designer, has also authored an application that kills social media on your computer for a fixed period of time. In our interview, we discussed Fred’s work and the role that social media plays in the life of current teenagers. I greatly enjoyed the interview.

The second, Show # 124, November 3 is my interview with Prof. Peter Lee of UC-Davis School of Law, discussing technology transfer and innovation. Peter focuses on issues involving the murky world of university research and regulation. Our discussion focused on the competing values of the traditional university and modern commercialization efforts and the law surrounding this complex dichotomy. Peter shed light on a number of considerations key to this issue and I enjoyed having the discussion.

The final show being posted today is Show #125, November 10, my interview with Prof. Tim Wu of Columbia Law School, author of The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires. Tim’s book focuses on the environments in which entities can control the flow of information. We discussed a variety of topics ranging from the role of the FCC in information regulation to the threat posed by Apple. I enjoyed Tim’s book and our broad discussion.

Three more shows coming soon!


North Carolina 2010 contested judicial elections palmcard

I present my 2010 North Carolina *contested* judicial elections palmcard:
Supreme Court: Hunter
Court of Appeals (Calabria seat): Gray
Ct. App. (Elmore seat): Elmore
Ct. App. (Geer seat): Geer
Ct. App. (Wynn seat): Bloss, Hammer, Thigpen
Superior Court 18D: Davis
Please pass this along to any NC voter so that voters are not guessing in the voting booth!


Academics call for halt to ACTA negotiations

I am pleased to have contributed to the drafting of a letter calling for the Obama administration to allow for meaningful public input on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a topic previously discussed on Hearsay Culture with Jeremy Malcolm and Prof. Michael Geist, before it is concluded. The text of the letter and more information can be found here.


show #122 — prof. sharon sandeen — posted

I’m very pleased to post Show #122, September 29, my interview with Prof. Sharon Sandeen of Hamline University School of Law, discussing trade secrets and cloud computing. The many issues related to how businesses and consumers use the cloud has not focused much on the issues associated with storing trade secrets on a server, or with a service provider, beyond the trade secret owner’s direct control. Sharon takes on this scenario, analyzing the concerns and offering practical advise on how to use such services as a trade secret owner. I enjoyed the discussion as I hope you will as well!


Show #121 — Prof. Oded Shenkar — posted

I’m very pleased to post Show #121, September 1, my interview with Prof. Oded Shenkar of Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business, author of Copycats. Oded has written an outstanding book that explodes a myth often found in business literature, namely, that copying is not a successful business plan. Oded’s book challenges this assumption by examining a number of different industries to prove the assumption wrong. Highly relevant to many concerns found in intellectual property law, Oded shared his assessment about and suggestions for building a business around copying successful business models. I highly enjoyed the book and discussion, and hope you do as well.


shows 118, 119 and 120 — profs. paul jones, eduardo penalver, sonia katyal and rob frieden — posted

I am pleased to post three more shows from this quarter. The first, Show 118, July 28 is my interview with Paul Jones of ibiblio.org. Paul is one of the true pioneers of the Internet, having founded SunSITE, one of the first webpages, as well as the digital library ibiblio.org. Paul is also a cutting-edge teacher, having taught a course using videos as the reading. In our interview, we had a wide-ranging discussion from Paul’s pedagogical style to the future of the Internet. I am sure that you’ll enjoy the discussion.

The second show is Show 119, August 4, my interview with Profs. Eduardo Penalver of Cornell Law and Sonia Katyal of Fordham Law discussing Property Outlaws. Eduardo and Sonia have written an excellent book examining copyright disobedience and its effects on the growth and development of copyright law. Analogizing to other examples of civil disobedience, Eduardo and Sonia paint a compelling picture of the need for such actions. I very much enjoyed the interview!

Show 120, August 11 is my interview with Prof. Rob Frieden of Penn State’s College of Communications discussing Winning the Silicon Sweepstakes. Rob has written a pull-no-punches account of the failure of the FCC to properly regulate the United States’ telecommunications interest. A sweeping indictment of the FCC, Rob’s book is also a trenchant analysis of where we should go in the future to reverse our course. Rob was a great guest and I’m sure that you’ll find the interview of interest.

One more show is coming before Hearsay Culture goes on its inter-quarter hiatus. As always, comments, suggests and feedback are welcome at dave@hearsayculture.com. Thanks for listening!


Hearsay Culture to intellectually sponsor Innovate/Activate unconference

I am pleased to report that, in September, Hearsay Culture will be an “intellectual sponsor” of Innovate/Activate, an intellectual property and activism unconference sponsored by New York Law School and Yale Law School’s Information Society Project. I am very much looking forward to participating in what should be a great discussion of two of Hearsay Culture’s primary themes: intellectual property and theories of innovation, and the intrusion of intellectual property concepts and ideas in areas where it may not belong. I hope to see you there!


Shows #115, 116 and 117 — Jeremy Malcolm, Prof. Shubha Ghosh and Laura DeNardis — posted

I am pleased to post three more shows for the summer quarter. The first, Show #115, July 7, is my interview with Jeremy Malcolm of Consumers International. Jeremy has been at the forefront of the transparency battles involving the elusive Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (“ACTA”) and consumer protection issues generally. We had a wide ranging discussion involving ACTA, as well as the intellectual property climate in Malaysia, where Jeremy is located. It was a great discussion and I hope that you enjoy it.

The second show, Show #116, July 14, is my interview with Prof. Shubha Ghosh of the University of Wisconsin Law School. Shubha discussed an article that he will be presenting at Elon Law’s symposium on transparency and the Internet in October entitled Commercializing Data. Shubha’s work is impressive and I was thrilled to have him on the show to discuss the impact and complexity of data’s monetary value. We share similar interests and I hope that it comes through in the interview.

The third show, Show #117, July 21, is my interview with Laura DeNardis, Executive Director of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School and author of Protocol Politics: The Globalization of Internet Governance. Laura’s book is an important contribution to understanding the logistical challenges associated with increased penetration of Internet access into developing countries. In our discussion, we discussed a range of issues related to this problem, from the technical to the political, and I was very excited to have Laura on the show. I hope that you enjoy the interviews from a fine summer vacation location (or, if not on vacation, at least in comfort!)