SUNY Buffalo Law School’s 2013 Mitchell Lecture will feature Madhavi Sunder, Professor of Law at the University of California, Davis. Professor Sunder’s research centers on the intersection of law and culture, with a particular interest in how intellectual property laws influence human rights and cultural participation.
In her talk, Learning by Doing, Professor Sunder will discuss the emergence of an “experience economy” where fans remake and rework cultural properties like the Star Wars and Harry Potter series. Until recently, intellectual property owners were willing to ignore much of this kind of fan activity on the theory that lawsuits can turn fans’ love to hate. But recent efforts to commoditize fan fiction, like Amazon’s recently-launched “Kindle Worlds,” threaten to erode the social and cultural benefits of learning by experience. Professor Sunder sounds the alarm against the corporatization of play and learning.
The Mitchell Lecture will be held on Tuesday, October 8, at 2:00 p.m. at the Law School in Room 106 O’Brian Hall, North Campus.