What is Literary Property? – A Lecture from Gary Wihl

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Washington University Professor Gary Wihl will be providing a lecture entitled “What is Literary Property? The Stowe v. Thomas Case of 1853″ on October 17th, 2016 between 2:30pm and 4:00pm. The lecture will be held in Ignat Kaneff Building, Room 2028 at Osgoode Hall Law School. An excerpt of the lecture’s abstract reads as follows:

This presentation examines a pivotal case in the development of US copyright law. Stowe unsuccessfully sued Thomas, for his unauthorized publication of a German translation of her hugely popular novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The legal literature about this case concerns ambiguities between federal statutory law and the states’ common law definitions of property as applied to a creative work. Although she lost the case, her efforts, along with those of authors like Mark Twain, ultimately succeeded in pressing the courts to grant more and more control to authors as owners of what has now become known as “intellectual property.”

To attend, make sure you RSVP in advance here: www.osgoode.yorku.ca/research/rsvp

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