Dan Royer, chair of the writing department of Grand Valley State
University and a Right to Write Board member extends an invitation to the “Copyright
Law and Fair Use” conference at Grand Valley State University in Grand
On April 3, the Right to Write Fund is cosponsoring a “Copyright Law and
Fair Use” conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan with the Michigan Bar
Association, Stanford, and Grand Valley State University. Please join us
for this 10 a.m. to 3p.m. program at the DeVos Center Lecture Hall 136
E, 401 West Fulton on the Grand Valley campus in downtown Grand Rapids.
Speakers include attorney Julie Ahrens, of the Stanford Law School Fair
Use Project and Michigan intellectual property attorney Matthew Bower.
/Lee Van Orsdel,/ Dean of University Libraries at Grand Valley State
University will be giving the opening remarks. There will also be a
timely panel on the Fair Use case brought by J.K. Rowling and Warner
Bros. against RDR Books of Muskegon, publishers of Grand Rapids author
Steve Vander Ark's Lexicon on the Harry Potter series. Ahrens, one of
the attorneys on the Lexicon case will discuss how the ruling of New
York Federal Court Judge Robert Patterson and publication of this
reference guide has impacted fair use across the country. The sessions
will be of special interest to Michigan creative artists and lawyers on
important issues of copyright law, fair use, and the First Amendment.
You are also welcome to join a reception following the conference
cosponsored by the Right to Write Fund and the Arts, Communications,
Entertainment & Sports (“ACES”) Law Section of the State Bar of
Please RSVP to Megan Trank at megan@rdrbooks or Matthew Bower of the
Michigan Bar Association at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 24th. The conference fee is
$30 ($20 for students) with lunch provided. If you can’t join us but
would like more information email or call Megan at (231)-740-0283.