Facing the Music? Panel to Explore Battle of iTunes v. MediaPlayer in EU

Published: February 19th, 2007

Category: News

“Facing the Music? Microsoft, Apple and International Antitrust Law in the EU,” a panel discussion about international businesses and antitrust issues in the European Union, will be held Thursday, Feb. 22, in the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom (HOL 180) at the Levin College of Law, 8-9:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Students and other members of the UF community are invited to take part by the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), the UF College of Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Center for Governmental Responsibility in the Levin College of Law. The conversation will explore recent EU antitrust cases involving U.S.-based companies Microsoft and Apple. These cases involve competition issues concerning Windows MediaPlayer and iTunes software.

The expert panel will discuss the background and ramifications of recent rulings and the effect they will have on international business and entertainment in the 21st century. Attendees will be able to take part in a Q&A session as well, since these cases raise pertinent issues for anyone who usesthe Internet and computer technology to send, share, download and view audio and video files. The program will be recorded for broadcast on WUFT-TV.

The expert panel will include Dr. Andrew Chin, a professor of antitrust, intellectual property, and patent law at the University of North Carolina School of Law and counsel to Intellectual Property Solutions, P.L.L.C., who also prepares and prosecutes patent applications in computer and Internet technology; Dr. Mark A. Jamison, director of the Public Utility Research Center and director of Telecommunications studies at UF’s Warrington College of Business, who served as the special academic advisor to the chair of the Florida Governor’s Internet Task Force; Dr. Jesper Strömbäck, professor in media and communication from Mid-Sweden University and research director at the Demokratiinstitutet Centre for Political Communication Research, who will provide not only a journalistic point of view, but a European one, as well.

The panel will be chaired by Dr. Clifford A. Jones of the Center for Governmental Responsibility, a specialist in European Union competition law, and a visiting Fulbright scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition, and Tax Law in Munich. Law students will join them on the panel.

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