Copyright and the Algorithmic Assemblage

By Professor Dan Burk

We are happy to invite you to a lunch seminar on 11 November 2019 with Professor Dan Burk, where he will present his working paper on “Copyright and the Algorithmic Assemblage”.

In previous work, Professor Burk has explored the implications of attempting to incorporate legal standards into algorithms, arguing that the social action typical of algorithmic systems promises to shape and eventually become the legal standard it seeks to implement. In this paper, he essentially considers the inverse proposition: the effects of incorporating algorithms, which is to say algorithmic metrics, into legal standards. In each instance, the copyright system offers a vehicle to discuss the implications of algorithmic law – previously considering proposals to incorporate copyright’s fair use standard into an algorithm, here considering proposals to calibrate infringement liability to algorithmically determined willingness to pay. The working paper will be distributed to registered participants.

Dan L. Burk is Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine, where he is a founding member of the law faculty.  An internationally prominent authority on issues related to high technology, he lectures, teaches, and writes in the areas of patent, copyright, electronic commerce, and biotechnology law.  He is consistently ranked among the leading intellectual property scholars in the American legal academy.  He has been a leading figure in debates over gene patentingdigital copyright, and computer trespass


12:00–12:30     Presentation by Professor Dan Burk

12:30–13:00     Discussion 


All interested parties are welcome, but registration is necessary. All inquiries should be addressed Sebastian Schwemer (

Sandwiches will be served.