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 
01-Oct-21 Early Bird Registration Begins
15-Nov-21 Deadline for Paper Proposals and Grant Applications
16-Dec-21 Early Bird Registration Ends; Regular Registration Begins
01-Jan-22 Regular Registration Ends
02-Jan-22 Preliminary Schedule Available
01-Feb-22 Registration for Presenters End; Those Not Registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program
01-Apr-22 Online Non-presenter Registration Ends
April 13-16, 2022

PCA Conference in Seattle, WA


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 15, 2022. No refund requests will be honored after this date. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


PCA National Conference Dates

April 13-16, 2022


Conference location

Sheraton Seattle Hotel

1400 Sixth Avenue

Seattle, WA 98101

Please do not make hotel reservations until we establish the individualized link for our room block. 


Submission Information

The submission deadline is November 15, 2021.

Submit a Presentation

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Grants and Awards (coming soon)

Areas That Accept Undergraduate Submissions

All Subject Areas

Conference Code of Conduct



Area chairs

Brendan Riley