Law Profs Gone Wild
What happens when you release law professors across the country from their (academic) institutions, let them all travel to the same place for a week, and record what happens?
Well, just say that it probably doesn't add up to a best-selling video. Mostly, we talk. On panels, behind podiums, and definitely in the hallways.
I'm spending a very hectic few days at the annual Association of American Law Schools (AALS) conference -- please excuse me if I haven't answered email -- and my task this afternoon is to talk as much as possible in a short time about a vast subject. I'm on a panel called "A Cultural Analysis of Intellectual Property," and I'm planning to say that if you want to create a theory of IP, you have to consider areas that have historically received little or no effective IP protection. Like the clothing & textile industry, for example.
This could be difficult because (1) at the moment, law profs are more concerned with overprotection than underprotection, and (2) the fashion industry, unlike for example the music industry, and despite massive contributions to the global economy and major internal discussions regarding IP, isn't on the radar of most legal academics. (Of course, you would know that by looking at us. Guys, some of those ties aren't vintage -- they're scary.)
So wish me luck -- and I'll keep you posted.