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Special Guest Cory Doctorow, "What's the Point of Copyright?"
Thursday, November 16, 2006 - 5:00pm to Thursday, November 16, 2006 - 6:00pm

The Department of Computer Science at PSU's Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science presents special guest Cory Doctorow, speaking on What's the Point of Copyright?

Title: "What's the Point of Copyright?"

Speaker: Cory Doctorow, science fiction novelist and co-editor of the weblog, Boing Boing

Date: Thursday, November 16, 2006

Time: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Location: Room 338 (Vanport Room), Smith Memorial Student Union, 1825 SW Broadway Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97201 (map)

This lecture is free and open to the public. For further information, contact the Department of Computer Science, (503) 725-2416 or

Cory Doctorow will also be the guest of honor at OryCon28, held in Portland, Oregon on November 17-19, 2006. For more information on OryCon28, visit


Does copyright exist to promote creativity or to protect the current crop of creators? How can you tell if a copyright system is working? When the barriers to entry for creative industries go away, what should copyright do to adapt? Are universities in the copyright business or the education business?

Speaker Biography

CS_Doctorow.jpg Cory Doctorow is a science fiction novelist, blogger, and technology activist. He is co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing, and a contributor to Wired, Popular Science, Make, The New York Times, and many other newspapers, magazines, and websites. He was formerly Director of European Affairs for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit, civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards, and treaties. In that capacity, he worked to balance international treaties, polices, and standards on copyright and related rights, advocating in the halls of governments, the United Nations, standards bodies, corporations, universities, and non-profit organizations. Presently, he serves as the Fulbright Chair at the Annenberg Center for Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California. His novels are published by Tor Books and simultaneously released on the Internet under Creative Commons licenses that encourage their re-use and sharing, a move that increases sales by enlisting his readers to help promote his work. He has won the Locus and Sunburst Awards, and has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, and British Science Fiction Awards. He co-founded the open source, peer-to-peer software company OpenCola, sold to OpenText, Inc. in 2003, and presently serves on the boards and advisory boards of the Participatory Culture Foundation, the MetaBrainz Foundation, Technorati, Inc, Stikkit, Annenberg Center for the Study of Online Communities, SiteShuffle, and Onion Networks, Inc. His latest novel is Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town.

For more information on Cory Doctorow, visit his Web site at