2/6/2012, Monday, 12:00pm in SL258

Life as a Junior Associate—Transitioning from Law School to Private Practice

by VSLAT on January 31, 2012

Life as a Junior Associate—Transitioning from Law School to Private Practice

When: Monday, Feb. 6 at noon

Where: SL258

The Virginia Society of Law and Technology (VSLAT) will be hosting “Life as a Junior IP Associate—Transitioning from Law School to Private Practice”. Two recent UVA Law graduates, Chris Siebens and Adam Sibley, will speak about what to expect when joining a law firm after graduation from law school. Following the main presentation, Seibens and Sibley, both associates at Finnegan, will speak about emerging issues in intellectual property law.

Lunch will be provided. Please contact with questions: vkb4bd@virginia.edu.


11/15/2010, Monday, 11:30am - 1:00pm in WB102

The Future of Communications Law with Kyle McSlarrow

by Brock Riggs on November 14, 2010

UVA Law alum Kyle McSlarrow and Professor Thomas Nachbar will discuss the dynamic landscape in media and telecommunications law, and the major legal and policy issues facing today’s cable and telecommunications industry.

Kyle McSlarrow is the president and CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and veteran of public service, politics, and telecommunications.  His bio can be found here.

Please join VSLAT and The Student Legal Forum for this discussion.  Chik-Fil-A will be served for lunch.


11/04/2010, Wednesday at 5:30pm in Caplin Auditorium

Copyright Criminals and Discussion with Prof. Siva Vaidhyanathan

by Brock Riggs on November 4, 2010

Can you own a sound?  Copyright Criminals seeks to tackle this question in the context of hip-hop music.  The use of samples of previously recorded songs by hip-hop artists sparked a debate about copyright, creativity, and technological change that still rages today.  Copyright Criminals features interviews with artists including De La Soul, George Clinton, and Mix Master Mike, and with academics including UVA’s very own Siva Vaidhyanathan.

Prof. Siva Vaidhyanathan

Join VSLAT on Wednesday, November 10th in Caplin Auditorium to view the film.  After the screening, Prof. Vaidhyanathan will lead a discussion and Q&A session.  Pizza will be served.

You can watch a preview of the film here.


Thursday, 9/23/2010, at 11:45 AM in WB 101

Finnegan Talk ~ The “Tom-Tom” Show

by Chris Reilly on September 20, 2010

UVA Law alum and Finnegan partner Tom Jenkins (profile here), along with Finnegan partner Tom Irving (profile here) will be giving a talk on patent practice. Both partners are extremely experienced IP attorneys who will undoubtedly have invaluable insights into patent law.  Sandwiches will be provided.

For more information, email cmr3ce@virginia.edu


Updating our previous item on ACTA’s anti-circumvention rules, in the latest DMCA rulemaking session, the Library of Congress revised the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions, and have significantly expanded the freedoms afforded to users over those in the previous iteration.  The biggest new exceptions are these three:

  • Content Scrambling System-protected DVDs may now be unscrambled, if such is necessary for educational use, documentary films, or other noncommercial films
  • Circumventing restrictions on ebooks, to the extent that circumvention is necessary to enable the “read aloud” or text-to-speech function to work

The response to the July 25 decision was swift: on August 1, the first publicly available jailbreak for the iPhone 4 was released (major caveat: jailbreaking can render your phone inoperable.)  The CSS exception is a significant one, as well – CSS previously presented a partial barrier to otherwise permissible fair use, to the extent that taking clips from a CSS-protected DVD required circumvention.  The text-to-speech exception is also notable, given Amazon’s struggle with questions over the legality of the Kindle 2’s text-to-speech function and the iPad’s inclusion of a text-to-speech feature, which was lauded by the National Federation for the Blind back in January.  Given the significant enabling of non-infringing use that each of the three exceptions represents, it’s heartening to see the Library of Congress has taken steps toward a more sensible policy on DRM circumvention.