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Professor Yu headlines online games, virtual policy conference in Scotland

Peter K. Yu, director of the Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake University Law School, will speak at the Digital Interactive Symposium in Edinburgh, Scotland on Aug. 27.

Held immediately following the Edinburgh Interactive Festival, the event will focus on legal issues related to computer games and virtual worlds, as well as issues arising from the convergence of new and traditional media.

Yu’s presentation on “Moral and Personality Rights and the Digital Dilemma” will open the symposium. Taking account of the multifaceted interactions among law, technology and society, Yu’s lecture will examine the impact of digital technologies on the protection of moral rights and personality rights.

“For a few years, video games and virtual worlds have emerged as a niche area that draws attention from academics in law, media studies, sociology, economics and other disciplines,” said Yu, who also serves as the Kern family chair in intellectual property law.

“The issues in the field are intriguing and challenging,” he said. “They also raise important and practical questions that require us to rethink the development of our legal system and existing regulatory policies.”

Yu is a leading expert in international intellectual property and communications law. His lectures and presentations have spanned more than 20 countries on six continents, and his publications have been translated into Chinese, Japanese and Portuguese.

Since its establishment in fall 2007, the Drake Intellectual Property Law Center has served as a leading international hub for research and education. In the past two years, the U.S. News and World Report magazine has ranked the center consistently among the top 25 intellectual property law programs in the United States and one of the top five programs in the Midwest.