Professor Pamela Samuelson was the keynote speaker at Cardozo's Distinguished Lecture in IP, sponsored by the Intellectual Property and Information Law program. Samuelson, the Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law and Information at the University of California at Berkeley and a Co-Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, discussed "The Enigma of Digitized Property" posed by John Perry Barlow.
She questioned whether copyright protections could survive in a world where intellectual property "can be infinitely reproduced and instantaneously distributed all over the planet without cost, without our knowledge, without its even leaving our possession." She concluded that legislatures in the U.S. and EU have moved to strengthen copyright laws. In addition, entertainment, book publishing and other conventional copyright industries have found ways to overcome the enigma of digitized property, and new economies of creativity have emerged.