Friday, October 24, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

The John Marshall Law School
315 S. Plymouth Court
Chicago, Illinois 60604


Cost: $50 ($20 for students; free for
John Marshall faculty and students)
CLE credit available

Featuring Keynote Speaker Michael Moore

We are pleased to announce that Michael Moore will be the 6th Annual RIPL Symposium Keynote speaker. This year marks the 25th anniversary of his movie "Roger and Me," which was selected in 2013 for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. Moore will share his views on art and intellectual property.

This program showcases the intersection of art law and intellectual property law. Register now to attend this timely forum where experts will discuss a range of issues and trends. The symposium brings together an inspiring group of individuals to present their works at the symposium on October 24, 2014, and publish their writings in the 2015 RIPL Symposium Issue.

Conference Schedule

Morning Sessions

Defining Art

"How Law Defines Art"
Dr. Derek Fincham

Associate Professor, South Texas College of Law

Copyright Law

"A Rose by Any Other Name (How an Illusionist Used Copyright Law as a Patent)"
Sydney A. Beckman

Professor, Duncan School of Law, Lincoln Memorial University

"Intellectual Property at the School of Neuroscience"
Stephen McJohn

Professor, Suffolk University Law School


"Trademark Art"
Edward Timberlake

Attorney, Timberlake Law

Special Presentation

Daniel Mellis
Artist, special presentation on using law in art by local Chicago artist


Keynote Luncheon Speaker

Michael Moore
Director, Producer, Writer

Afternoon Sessions

Moral Rights, Cultural Heritage, and Appropriation

"Music as Cultural Heritage: Analysis of the Means Preventing the Exploitation of Intangible Cultural Heritage"
Ronald J. Inawat

Attorney, R.J. Inawat

"On Art Attacks"
Rachel Buker

Attorney, Ironmark Law Group

New Technology

"The Next Great Copyright Act and the Future of Radio"
Christopher Doval

Assistant Professor, Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management, Morgan State University

New Art

"Who's the Vandal? The Recent Controversy Over the Destruction of 5 Pointz and How Much Legal Protection Should the Law Give to Graffiti/Aerosol/Street Art?"
Susanna Fischer

Associate Professor, Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America

"Panorama Rights in the United States"
Mary LaFrance

IGT Professor of Intellectual Property Law, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

"Food Art: Protecting Food Presentation Under U.S. Intellectual Property Law"
Cathay Smith

Whiting Clinical Fellow, Lecturer in Law, University of Denver Sturm College of Law


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