Mar 26 – Apr 1, 2012 Edition Columbia Law School Sets Lecture on Digital Libraries

New York, March 28, 2012— All the books in the world should be available to everyone, argued Professor Darnton in an opinion piece he penned one year ago, right after a federal judge rejected the Google books settlement.

“We should build a digital public library, which would provide these digital copies free of charge to readers. Yes, many problems — legal, financial, technological, political — stand in the way. All can be solved.”

WHAT: The 25th Annual Horace S. Manges Lecture hosted by the Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts at Columbia Law School will feature a lecture, "Digitize, Democratize: Libraries and the Future of Books."

WHO: Professor Robert Darnton, a leading proponent of the digitization of books, noted historian, scholar, and librarian, and former reporter. Darnton will be introduced by Columbia’s Jane Ginsburg, Morton L. Janklow Professor of Literary and Artistic Property Law.

WHEN: April 2, 2012, from 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Columbia Law School, Room 103, 435 West 116th Street at Amsterdam Avenue, NYC

Columbia Law School, founded in 1858, stands at the forefront of legal education and of the law in a global society. Columbia Law School combines traditional strengths in corporate law and financial regulation, international and comparative law, property, contracts, constitutional law, and administrative law with pioneering work in intellectual property, digital technology, tax law and policy, national security, sexuality and gender, and environmental law.