Post Date: April 7, 2005

The conference, “Signal or Noise 2k5: Creative Revolutions,” will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 8 in the Ames Courtroom in Austin Hall.

“New technologies are making digital creativity possible for many more people than ever before,” said John Palfrey, executive director of the Berkman Center. “These new contributions to our culture are exciting, but they are also challenging because these creative works don’t fit the traditional commercial model and often involve the active reuse of existing art. How can we balance original artists’ rights and interests with the interests of expanding popular creativity?”

The conference will explore the legal, ethical, cultural and business implications of creative reuse by offering a mix of performances, demonstrations and panels. An eclectic group of digital artists, writers, entertainment lawyers, copyright experts and musicians will share their perspectives and experiences. Scheduled panelists and performance artists include New York Times bestselling author Matthew Pearl, copyright scholar Terry Fisher, fanfiction author Naomi Novik, David Dixon of Beatallica, Paul Marino of, and Wendy Seltzer of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

For more information, including panelists’ bios, please visit the conference website. Members of the media are invited to cover this event. To obtain a press pass, please contact Amanda Michel, (617) 495-7547.