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MSU Law Hosts Speakers from Around the World for Conference on Creative Upstarts

East Lansing, MI — The Michigan State University College of Law Intellectual Property, Information, & Communications Law Program (IPIC) hosts more than 30 speakers from around the world at the Law College Building on November 9 and 10, 2012, for a conference entitled Intellectual Property for Creative Upstarts.

“Participants will consider how law and policy can nurture diverse creative industries in the U.S. and abroad,” said Sean Pager, MSU Law associate professor of law.

Creative Upstarts encompass a range of commercial enterprises from independent artists and producers in developed countries to emerging content industries such as Nigeria’s “Nollywood,” Brazil’s tecnobrega music, and Chinese digital publishing.

Creative Upstarts exemplify the potential for creative industries to spearhead economic and cultural development. They are often less constrained by the imperatives of the mass market than traditional media. Yet, as commercial enterprises, they are capable of more ambitious and sustained creative investments than amateurs who produce user-generated content. Their interests have been overlooked in recent debates on intellectual property and information policy. This conference seeks to remedy that gap.

The conference will include a mixture of paper presentations as well as less structured roundtable discussions.

In addition to the two-day conference, Professor Ivan Reidel from Universidad de San Andrés Faculty of Law will present a paper on Thursday, November 8 , 2012, entitled “The Taylor Swift Paradox: Superstardom, Excessive Advertising, and Blanket Licenses.”

The Michigan State International Law Review will publish a symposium issue comprised of selected, internationally-focused conference papers.

The conference is co-sponsored by Copyright Alliance and the Northern Kentucky University Chase Law + Informatics Institute.

More information can be found at

The Intellectual Property, Information & Communications Law Program (IPIC) provides students with a solid foundation in cutting-edge legal issues through innovative and interdisciplinary curriculum while promoting a global understanding of the fastest growing legal specialty.

Michigan State University College of Law, a leading institution of legal education with a long history of educating practice-ready attorneys, prepares future lawyers to use ethics, ambition, and intellect to solve the world’s problems. Michigan State Law offers comprehensive interdisciplinary opportunities combined with a personalized legal education, and is on an upward trajectory of national and international reputation and reach. MSU Law professors are gifted teachers and distinguished scholars, its curriculum is rigorous and challenging, and its facility is equipped with the latest resources—all affirming MSU Law’s commitment to educating 21st-century lawyers.


Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane, Room 320
East Lansing, MI 48824

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