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Monday, November 5, 2007

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Media Contact: Herb Booth, Office:817-272-7075, Cell:214-546-1082, hbooth@uta.edu

ARLINGTON - Can students be sued when they download music and movies?

Experts at an afternoon panel discussion will try to answer this question as part of UT Arlington’s Seventh Annual Technology Fair.

The panel discussion will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center, 300 W. First St.

Various university and recording industry studies have shown that illegal downloading of music and movies is prevalent on American campuses.

In congressional hearings earlier this year, Cary Sherman, president of the Recording Industry Association of America, testified that a recent survey by the Intellectual Property Institute at the University of Richmond School of Law showed more than half of college students download music and movies illegally.

The RIAA recently has filed a number of lawsuits on the piracy of its products.

Keisha Dicks, UT Arlington attorney for students; Thomas Butler, assistant director of UT Austin student legal services; Mark McFarland, co-director of Texas Digital Library; Sean Lanham from Information Technology Security Services; and David Castro, assistant professor of music;will serve as panel discussion members at the afternoon session.

The event is free and open to the public, but only enrolled students are eligible for any prizes.

What: Seventh Annual UT Arlington Technology Fair

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 7

Subject: Intellectual Property in a Digital Age

Where: E.H. Hereford University Center

Highlight: 3:30 p.m. panel discussion in Rosebud Theatre about “Downloading Music and Movies – Can I be Sued?”

Contest: Grand prize, Nintendo Wii (must be present to win). First 50 students will receive $10 iTunes cards. Next 50 students will receive free Tech Fair T-shirts.

Other subjects: Patents and Technology Transfer, Introduction to Maverick Blogs, Academic Course Material Distribution in the Digital Age, What is Open Access to Science and Scholarship?, Texas Digital Library and UT Arlington’s Membership and Role, e-Reserves: Less Paper, Less Stress, Using Clickers for Active Learning and Kramer, eInstruction.

More information: Tommie Wingfield - wingfield@uta.edu; Chauncey Jackson - cjackson@uta.edu; Peter Smith - psmith@uta.edu

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