Tech Talks with Edward Lee: Creators Take Control

​The Institute for Technology, Law & Policy will be hosting a one-hour, bi-weekly Tech Talk for the Fall 2023 Semester every other Wednesday, starting at 12:15 PM. The series will feature different speakers who are experts in the tech and law space.​

Prof. Ed Lee talks about his book Creators Take Control, which explains how NFTs helped to create a new market for digital art. Comparing today’s explosion of digital and AI artworks to the advent of modern art in the beginning of the 20th century, Lee contends that we are witnessing a Virtual Renaissance. Digital artists and creative technologists, the disruptors, are experimenting with new forms of expression, which are often mediated through screens and owned virtually through NFTs. In the few years of its existence, the market for digital art has shown tremendous promise in being more decentralized and democratic, outside the control of the art establishment and industry gatekeepers. But the success of the Virtual Renaissance is not guaranteed. It ultimately depends on how much society supports artists.

Edward Lee is a professor of law and co-director of Illinois Tech Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Center for Design, Law, and Technology. He founded The Free Internet Project, a nonprofit whose mission is to protect Internet freedoms. His work has been featured in outlets such as the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and Billboard. He worked on public interest litigation as an attorney for Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society. His current research focuses on AI’s intersection with copyright laws. He is the author of the book Creators Take Control: How NFTs Revolutionize Art, Business, and Entertainment, published by Harper Business.

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Lunch will be provided to those who register and attend the event.


Sep 13 2023


12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

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