Media scholar looks at copyright issues during upcoming Vanderbilt address

NASHVILLE, Tenn. ñ A cultural historian and media scholar will address
the Vanderbilt community on the subject of copyright and scholarship on
Monday, April 5.

Siva Vaidhyanathan is an authority on contemporary issues of the
digital age, particularly the way scholarship is and will be affected
by changing technology and copyright law. He’s written two books on the
subjectóCopyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property
and How it Threatens Creativity, and the forthcoming The Anarchist in
the Library: How the Clash Between Freedom and Control is Hacking the
Real World and Crashing the System, which he’ll discuss at length
during the lecture.

The lecture is scheduled for 5 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Room 126, on the
Vanderbilt campus. The event is free and open to the public and
sponsored by Vanderbilt’s Project Dialogue in continuation of its
yearlong examination of the theme "Ideas, Images, Internet: Who Owns

Vaidhyanathan is a former journalist who has written for The Chronicle
of Higher Education, The New York Times Magazine, MSNBC.COM,
and The Nation. He remains a frequent contributor on media and cultural
issues. Vaidhyanathan earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from the
University of Texas at Austin and has taught at the University of
Texas, Wesleyan University and the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
He is currently director of the undergraduate program in communication
studies in the Department of Culture and Communication at New York
University and maintains a Web log on intellectual property issues at

For more information about this Project Dialogue event, call
615-322-6400 or visit For more news about
the University, visit the Vanderbilt News Service website.

Media contact: Kara Furlong, (615) 322-NEWS

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