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Semester of Intellectual Property (SIP)
University of Iowa
Spring 2005

All events are free and open to the public. For more info, contact or

The Semester of Intellectual Property (SIP) Project, sponsored by POROI, was organized to foster an interdisciplinary dialog about the impact of intellectual property laws on society. The topic of intellectual property has attracted much attention of late because of its impact on libraries, genetic research, music, art and farming, as well as academic research, publishing and teaching.

It is important to find a balance between protecting creators and enhancing the free flow of information and culture, something many legal scholars have argued was the reason why copyright and patent protections were placed in the U.S. Constitution. It is for these reasons that POROI has mounted this university- and community-based project. For more information, link to:

Scheduled Events:

Forum on Music Downloading with the A. Craig Baird Debate Team and music industry representatives
February 2, 2005, 7-8:30pm
Van Allen, Lecture Room 2

The Downloading Forum is a one-night event with two major components: a student debate and a panel discussion about music downloading. The debate will last 45 minutes, and will be followed by a 45 minute roundtable discussion with UI professor of law Christina Bohannan, SoundExchange Executive Director John L. Simson, local musician and indie label owner Dave Zollo, and Jenny Toomey, indie music legend and co-founder of the Future of Music Coalition. KRUI and WSUI will broadcast the debate and roundtable.

Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor Lecture 
Rebecca Eisenberg, University of Michigan Law School
February 24, 2005, 7pm
R. Wayne Richey Ballroom, IMU
“Is There a Tragedy of the Anticommons in Biomedical Research?”

Rebecca S. Eisenberg — Robert and Barbara Luciano Professor of Law at the University of Michigan — has played an active role in public policy debates concerning the role of intellectual property in biomedical research, publishing in scientific journals as well as law reviews. She has written and lectured extensively about patent law as applied to biotechnology and the role of intellectual property at the public-private divide in research science. She is a graduate of Stanford University and Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, where she was articles editor of the California Law Review. Following law school she served as law clerk for Chief Judge Robert F. Peckham on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and then practiced law as a litigator in San Francisco. She joined the University of Michigan Law School faculty in 1984.

Intellectual Property: An Interdisciplinary Conversation
February 25, 2005, 9am-4:15pm
College of Law, 4th Floor Student Lounge

This one-day symposium brings together a diverse range of scholars and professionals who are interested in, or impacted by, intellectual property law. Aimed at a general audience and open to the public, the panels will consist of distinguished visiting speakers and members of the University of Iowa community. Confirmed panelists include keynote speaker Siva Vaidhyanathan (New York University, Department of Culture and Communication), Rebecca Eisenberg (University of Michigan Law School), Adrian Johns (University of Chicago, History), Eva Hemmungs Wirtén (Uppsala University, Sweden), Sut Jhally (U Mass-Amherst, Communication Department and Executive Director of Media Education Foundation), Steve Jones (University of Illinois, Professor of Communication and Research Associate in the Electronic Visualization Laboratory), David Sanjek (Broadcast Music Incorporated Archives Director), Ted Striphas (Indiana University, Department of Communication and Culture), Gil Rodman (University of South Florida, Department of Communication), Paula Kaufman (U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University Librarian), and John Wilbanks (Executive Director of Science Commons).

Hip Hop Week, Copyright Criminals preview and Sampling Panel
April 12-16, 2005, 7pm

During April 12-16, 2005, the Bijou Theater will offer screenings of hip-hop films and documentaries that are free and open to the public, as well as a preview of Ben Franzen’s and Kembrew McLeod’s Copyright Criminals: This is a Sampling Sport, a documentary about the history of musical collage and sampling. The Bijou screenings will be held in conjunction with a weeklong hip-hop festival of hip-hop music and culture co-organized by SCOPE, the Black Graduate & Professional Student Organization, the Bijou, Hip-Hop Group, Lecture Committee, POROI. On April 14, 2005, the night of the major hip-hop concert at the IMU, a panel on the legal and cultural implications of digital sampling/collage will take place. The panel will include the evening’s hip-hop performers, as well as Iowa City hip-hop producer Tack Fu and UI prof. Kembrew McLeod.

Related Events of Interest:

Liberated Images: Collage & Zines
December – March, 2005
North Hall Exhibition in UI’s Main Library

Live from Prairie Lights
February 22, 2005, 8pm

Kembrew McLeod will read from his book Freedom of Expression®: Overzealous Copyright Bozos and Other Enemies of Creativity on the WSUI/KSUI program “Live from Prairie Lights” three days before the intellectual property symposium.

Collage As Cultural Practice Conference
Obermann Humanities Symposium co-organized by Reudi Kuenzli and Kembrew McLeod
March 24-26, 2005

“Collage as Cultural Practice” seeks to examine interventionist collage practices in all media, with an emphasis on the social, political, and legal implications of this method of appropriation. The conference, taking place March 24–26, 2005, at the University of Iowa, will interrogate the political and social dimensions of collage as a practice that enables oppositional commentary across the cultural spectrum: from the leftist collages of the Dadaists and the Situationists to the unauthorized use of corporate trademarks, interventions by queer activists, and the more recent flurry of Internet-distributed antiwar video collage pieces that appropriate from the mainstream media in satirical ways. We seek to bring together scholars of, and practitioners in, the media of film and video, music, literature, visual arts and beyond.

Plenary Speakers: Patricia R. Zimmermann, Rosemary Coombe, Carrie McLaren, Mark Hosler, Philo Farnsworth, Pierre Joris, Steev Hise, Craig Baldwin, Joshua Clover, Douglas Kahn, Tom Forsythe and Ximena Cuevas.

Featured performers: Tape-beatles and Negativland’s Mark Hosler

Interventionist Collage: From Dada to the Present
February 12 - April 3, 2005
University of Iowa Museum of Art

Hoover-Paul Works on Paper Gallery

Focusing on the connection between today's collage artists who creatively and critically respond to the flood of mass media images, messages, and sounds, and 20th century avant-garde movements, this exhibition will include pieces by Max Ernst, John Heartfield, Hannah Hoech, Robert Rauschenberg , and Kurt Schwitters, primarily from University of Iowa collections. The exhibition is presented as part of the 2004-2005 Obermann Humanties Symposium, "Collage as Cultural Practice" and is curated by Dr. Rudolph Kuenzli, UI Professor, of English and Cinema and Comparative Literature.

Collage and Found Footage Film Series

University of Iowa

—Thursday, Jan. 20, 7 – 9, Museum

Collage films of Joseph Cornell  (presented by Alexis Bravos)

—Thursday, Feb.   3, 7 – 9, Shambaugh Auditorium

Collage films from Illegal Art Exhibit (presented by Kembrew McLeod)

—Thursday, Feb. 17, 7 – 9, Van Allen, Lecture Room 2

Collage films by Craig Baldwin (presented by Sasha Waters)

—Saturday, Feb. 26, Tippie Auditorium

Collage Film Festival (organized by IC Microcinema)

—Thursday, Mar, 3, 7 – 9, Shambaugh Auditorium

Collage films by Ximena Cuevas (presented by Claire Fox)

—Thursday, Mar. 31. 7 – 9, Bijou Theater

Collage films by Morrison, Decasia (presented by Jen Proctor)

—Thursday, Apr. 21, 7 – 9, Shambaugh Auditorium

Collage films by Isidore Isou, Venom and Eternity (presented by Dennis Hanlon)

Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor Lecture 

Rosemary Coombe, York University

March 24, 2005, 4pm, UI Museum of Art

“The Contested Commons: Creative Practices and Cultural Rights Principles”

Rosemary J. Coombe is a Tier One Canada Research Chair in Law, Communication and Cultural Studies at York University in Toronto, where she teaches in the Communications and Culture Joint PhD/MA Programme, and is cross-appointed to the Osgoode Hall Faculty of Law Graduate Programme, and the Graduate Programme in Social and Political Thought. She holds a J.S.D. from Stanford University with a Minor in Anthropology and publishes widely in anthropology and political and legal theory. Her work addresses the cultural, political, and social implications of intellectual property laws. Her book, The Cultural Life of Intellectual Property is a legal ethnography of the ways in which intellectual property law shapes cultural politics in consumer societies.

Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor Lecture 

Patricia R. Zimmermann, Ithaca College

March 24, 2005, 4pm, UI Museum of Art

“Reverse Engineering”

Patricia R. Zimmermann is professor in the Department of Cinema and Photography at Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York, USA. She is the author of REEL FAMILIES: A SOCIAL HISTORY OF AMATEUR FILM (Indiana, 1995) and STATES OF EMERGENCY: DOCUMENTARIES, WARS, DEMOCRACIES (Minnesota, 2000). She has delivered invited lectures and plenary addresses across the globe -- Canada, Colombia, Latvia, France, Wales, Russia, the Netherlands, England, and Germany -- and throughout the United States. As a journalist, her writing on media arts and media public policy has been published in The Independent, Gannett Newspapers, Lola, Afterimage, Main, Lingua France, Search for a Common Ground,, and

POROI-organized Semester of Intellectual Property events (and related events of interest) are sponsored in part by the Office of the Vice President for Research, University of Iowa College of Law, Obermann Humanities Symposium, Arts & Humanities Initiative Standard and Major Projects Grants, Perry A. and Helen Judy Bond Fund, Year of the Arts & Humanities, The Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program, UI Biomedical Ventures Group, UI Center for Human Rights, The Program for Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities, SCOPE, the Black Graduate & Professional Student Organization, the Bijou, Hip-Hop Group, University Lecture Committee, UI Museum of Art, Graduate College, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Departments of Communication Studies, English, Cinema and Comparative Literature, Anthropology, Rhetoric, and Women’s Studies. Other Financial support is provided through a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation (HE 039) to Usha Balakrishnan at the University of Iowa.