Widener Law Assistant Professor Tonya Evans-Walls
will participate in a panel discussion
as part of West Virginia University College of Law's Symposium entitled "The Evolution of Street Knowledge: Hip Hop's Influence on Law and Culture.” She will be a featured speaker on a panel titled "When MCs Meet JDs: Hip Hop's Complex Relationship with Intellectual Property." In her remarks, Professor Evans-Walls will explore the real and burgeoning impact of hip hop as an art form – through its use of sampling and “mashups” – on copyright law and fair use principles, in particular.
The two-day symposium, sponsored by the West Virginia University College of Law’s Sports and Entertainment Law Society, will be held on February 12th and 13th at the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. Featured speakers at the event include Princeton University Professor Dr. Cornel West and rapper Talib Kweli.