Copyright and Intellectual Property

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As our day-to-day lives depend more and more on creating “content,” the arcane and often misunderstood rules of Copyright and Intellectual Property have an outsize—yet mostly invisible—affect on us. The Copyright and Intellectual Property area seeks to foster an interdisciplinary discussion about the tumultuous cultural battle raging over how we understand the production and distribution of knowledge. We welcome presentations both scholarly and practical that explore the philosophy of copyright, the nuance of copyright enforcement, and the practicalities of living in a world where everything we make becomes intellectual property.

Possible topics could include but are not limited to: - Case studies of recent copyright decisions - Copyright and IP legislation - Politics and Copyright - Ideologies and philosophies of intellectual property - The decline of the public domain - Creative Commons and Fair Use in the public sphere - Digital Rights Management and the battle over control - Libraries and archives in the digital age - Creativity and copyright in the digital age - Copyright in Popular Culture - International issues regarding intellectual property

Submission information: Please submit your 200-word abstract using the PCA web submission form at pcaaca.org. You must be a current, paid member to submit to the conference.

More information on the conference can be found on the PCA website: http://pcaaca.org/national-conference/

Email questions to Brendan Riley, Area Chair briley@colum.edu


2022 Conference Dates and Deadlines

01Aug-21 2022 Conference Information Available on Website
01 Sept-21 Submissions Open 
21 Jan-22 Deadline for Paper Proposals
11 Feb-22 Early Bird Registration Ends
12 Feb-22 Regular Registration Begins
01 Mar-22 Regular Registration Ends for Presenters; Those Presenters Not Registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program; Late Registration Continues for Nonpresenters
01 Apr-22 Late Registration Ends for Nonpresenters
April 13-16, 2022

Virtual conference


All presenters must be current, paid members of the PCA and registered for the conference. Non-presenters who attend the full conference must also pay membership fees.

To attend the National Conference, members must pay the membership fee and the registration fee.   

The last day for all refunds is February 20, 2022. No refund requests will be honored after this date. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


Area chairs

Brendan Riley