The West Virginia Law Review the student journal of the West Virginia University College of Law and the law schools Entrepreneurship Innovation and Law Program are hosting a symposium highlighting the intersection of digital entrepreneurs, government and the legal system Friday, March 27, in the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom at the WVU Law Center.
Digital Entrepreneurship: The Incentives and Legal Risks brings together leading legal scholars and experts, including practicing lawyers from the forefront of intellectual property, government relations and regulation and business and economic development.
The event begins with a keynote address by Tim Wu, author ofWho Controls the Internet.Wu is a professor at Columbia Law School, the chair of media reform group Free Press and a writer for Slate Magazine. The symposium also features a special luncheon keynote address by Mark Chandler, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Cisco Systems Inc.
Every aspect of business today depends on information technology, and how that technology affects firms and individuals depends greatly on how the law adapts to changing circumstances,said Gabriele Wohl, editor-in-chief of the West Virginia Law Review.If corporations dont understand their legal rights and responsibilities in cyberspace, they will fail. If governments dont understand how their laws affect online entrepreneurs, economic development will be choked off.
Timely topics for discussion include the potential for entrepreneurseven in low-income communitiesto use Internet-based businesses or e-commerce to bring new or improved products and services to the market. Speakers will also explore the law of virtual world, how businesses can profit in a free content environment, what lessons the Facebook business model holds for online entrepreneurs and how copyright might extend to artificially createddesigner DNA .
We are excited to host such a diverse group from across the nation who will share their expertise and unique perspectives about this dynamic subject,said Joyce E. McConnell, dean of the WVU College of Law.We hope that West Virginias legal, corporate, government and academic leaders will join usalong with others from throughout the regionfor a lively discussion about how best to harness the economic power of digital entrepreneurship.
After a welcome breakfast, Wu will present the keynote address at 8:30 a.m. Panel presentations begin at 9 a.m. There will be a break for lunch followed by remarks by Chandler and other presentations.
Following the afternoon talks, a reception will give attendees the opportunity to speak with participants. More information, including the complete event schedule and speaker biographies, is available at http://www.wvlrdigital.event.wvu.edu/ .
The following organizations have made this event possible through their generous support: The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, Cisco Systems Inc., The Edward G. Donley Memorial Lectures, The West Virginia High Technology Consortium Foundation and the WVU Research Corp.
All symposium activities are free and open to the public.