Symposium 2004

Evolving Media: Emerging Distribution Technologies, and the Legal Response

March 19-20, 2004 Langdell Hall, Harvard Law School

Janet Jackson and TiVo. Weblogs and presidential politics. Howard Stern and Clear Channel. Decency vs. Censorship. Newspapers online. The Drudge Report. Video-phones imbedded with troops in Iraq. Comcast and Disney. FCC rules on trial in Philadelphia. All access, all the time, to anything, for everyone.

All of this, and so much more has emerged within the framework of rapid advances in the technology of print and broadcast media—those sources from which we derive so much of our news and information. A quick glance at the news, and one thing becomes evident—the news IS news. Who owns it? Who has access to it? What is it? How will the law react to and regulate these rapid changes? Should the law react to and regulate these rapid changes?

The Harvard Journal of Law & Technology invites you to explore these fascinating questions at our annual symposium. Joining us will be some of the country’s leading scholars, attorneys, and industry players for a weekend of debate, insight, and excitement. Among other things, participants will explore how technological innovation and the digitization of print and broadcast media are impacting ownership and control of media distribution channels as well as consumer access and choice.

All events are free and open to the public. We only ask that you come with an open and inquisitive mind. If you would like to join us for free lunch (who says there’s no such thing), then please see the sidebar for registration, schedule, and speaker information.