Our Engelberg Center Live! podcast contains audio from new events as well as events from the past:
September 22 and 23, 2022
While the law is often forced to make binary distinctions between what is real and what is fake, that distinction can be much more fluid in broader society. The Fake Symposium explores the distinction between the real and the fake in a number of different contexts, and how well that understanding in the legal context maps on to societal expectations.
Chokepoint Capitalism FUNTIME BOOK PARTY
September 23, 2022
Lipton Hall, D'Agostino Hall, NYU Law
Corporate concentration (and profits) have breached the stratosphere. An ever-expanding constellation of industries are now monopolies (where sellers have excessive power over buyers), monopsonies (where buyers hold the whip hand over sellers)—or both. Rebecca Giblin and Cory Doctorow argue the result is ‘chokepoint capitalism’: rigged markets where powerful corporations have managed to position themselves between workers and customers in ways that allow them to extract far more than their fair share of value.
Nowhere are chokepoints more endemic than creative labor markets. Chokepoint Capitalism details breathtaking abuses being carried out in almost every place creativity meets money: book publishing; Hollywood screenwriting; game development; news; music streaming, publishing, and ticketing, and more. Deconstructing the playbook used by Big Tech and Big Content to create their chokepoints, Giblin and Doctorow show the problem to be fundamentally one of power imbalance. But they don’t stop there. They have a whole bunch of detailed, rousing, unabashedly hopeful proposals for change, showing how creators and audiences can work together to widen these chokepoints out—and get artists paid.
What can you do to help? Come to the Chokepoint Capitalism FUNTIME BOOK PARTY to find out.
You can learn more about previous Engelberg Center events on our past events page.
The Engelberg Center also hosts the Innovation Policy Colloquium, a unique event focusing each spring on different aspects of the law's role in promoting creativity, invention, and new technology.
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