[Scottish] lecture

Alastair Broom abroom at valleyt.co.uk
Thu Jun 19 13:00:40 BST 2008

You may recall last summer's GPLv3 lecture by Eben Moglen (the lawyer 
behind GPLv2 and v3) in Edinburgh at the Scottish Society for Computers 
and Law Annual Lecture.

It's that time of year again. This year's lecture is next Tuesday
24 June 2008 at 6.30 pm in Edinburgh, and I thought those interested in 
Freedom and Openness would be interested in attending.

"Information as Property - The European Perspective"
is being presented by Professor Dr Thomas Hoeren

(Be aware you need to pre-register to attend this free event. See bottom 
 of message for details of who to contact. Not me, I'm just the messenger)

Here is the event blurb, cut'n'pasted:

What Does parking on a cliff edge in Shetland have to do with Intellectual 
Property? More than you might think. In the case Moncrieff v Jamieson 
2007 SLT 989, the House of Lords laid down important new principles with 
regard to the law of servitudes in Scotland and commented also upon the 
application of those principles to the law of easements in England.

The establishment, exercise and control of property rights is also one of 
the key issues of information law at this moment. The right to control 
access in DRM systems, the new privacy rights established by the European 
Court of Human Rights, the new right to integrity and confidentiality of 
information systems invented by the German Constitutional Court are all 
new fundamental rights: but what are leading principles for creating new 
information rights? The case Moncrieff v Jamieson can give us guidance on 
the principles of informational justice and the principles underlying 
supposed "new" property rights. It can also be used to suggest answers to 
the thorny questions raised by the interaction of private property and 
public rights.

Who should attend? Anyone, both lawyers and non-lawyers, who care about 
information, what we do with it, how it might be used and abused, and 
anyone interested in the ongoing competition between proprietary and 
open source software as models of information delivery. It will also be of 
interest to all those who are interested in the European perspective on 
what is seen too often as an exclusive UK/American issue. It should also 
appeal to anyone interested and stimulated by original and intelligent 
thought and provocative debate.

Professor Dr Thomas Hoeren studied law and theology in Munster, 
Tubingen and London. He works as a legal adviser for the European  
Commission and as a part-time judge at the Court of Appeal of Dusseldorf. 
He is Professor of Telecommunications and Media Law at the Institut fur 
Informations-, Telekommunikations- und Medienrecht at the University of 
Munster and was a visiting research fellow at the Oxford Internet 
Institute/Balliol College.

Tuesday 24 June 2008 at 6.30 pm
Refreshments from 6 pm sponsored by Burness LLP
Venue: The Faculty of Advocates, Mackenzie Building (behind Fringe 
       Office), High Street, Edinburgh.

To book a place at the SSCL Annual Lecture please reply to: 
claire.gibbons at advocates.org.uk <mailto:claire.gibbons at advocates.org.uk>

Alastair Broom         Valley Technology Ltd, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
abroom at valleyt.co.uk

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