In re: Books, a conference on law and the future of books will be held at New York Law School on October 26-27, 2012.
From the website:
The book is up for grabs. Digital distribution is upending the publishing industry, changing how writers and readers find each other, and challenging long-settled notions of what a “book” is.
The social and technological upheaval is matched only by the legal one. Who owns electronic rights? Is indexing infringement? What is for sale mean online and globally? Will ubiquitous scanners mean ubiquitous piracy? Who owns bibliographic metadata? Will no one think of the orphans? Agency or wholesale? What does reader privacy mean when books have brains? The answers we give to these questions will define the future of books.
Link to the conference website.