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Highlights from the Ethics & Publishing Conference, Monday, July 11, 2011. Hosted by the Graduate Programs in Publishing, GW College of Professional Studies

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The 5th Annual GW Conference on Ethics and Publishing brings together a distinguished group of publishing leaders for presentation and discussion on ethical challenges in publishing.



When: Monday, July 9th, 2012, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (Registration – 8:30 AM)

George Washington University
Media & Public Affairs Building
Lower Level
21st and H Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20052

Cost: FREE


For More Info, Contact: Helen Forner,, (703) 299-9147

Closest Metro Station: Foggy Bottom

This conference is designed for publishing professionals, but is open to the general public. We look forward to your participation!

Visit our website for more info on programs offered in Publishing by the GWU College of Professional Studies.


Niko Pfund, Publisher, President of Oxford University Press

Dennis Johnson, founder and publisher of Melville House

Siva Vaidhyanathan, Professor Media Studies, UVa and author

Mike Shatzkin, founder Idea Logical Company, author Shatzkin Files

Albert Greco, Professor Marketing, Fordham University and author

Bradley Graham, owner Politics and Prose Bookstore

Lissa Muscatine, owner Politcs and Prose Bookstore

Sean Culhane, Office of the Publisher, IMF

Joel Poznansky, President, Columbia Books

Stephen Rhind-Tutt, President, Alexander Street Press

Mary Alice Baish, Superindendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office


Moderator Eric Slater -- Senior Manager, Copyrights, Permissions & Licensing, American Chemical Society

Keith Kupfershmid -- General Counsel and SVP, Intellectual Property at Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA)

Chris Mohr -- Member at Meyer, Klipper & Mohr

Sherwin Siy -- VP Legal Affairs at Public Knowledge

Jodie Griffin -- Staff Attorney at Public Knowledge

This conference is designed for publishing professionals, but is open to the general public.


8:30 AM — Reception and Registration

9:00 AM — Welcoming Comments: Ali Eskandarian, Dean of CPS

9:10 — Niko Pfund, President Oxford University Press
Unblinkered into the Ebook Future: Where Mission, Ethics, and Publishing Strategy Intersect
This talk will focus on the ways a mission–based organization such as OUP, with a mandate to publish high–quality scholarly information, can–and should–take advantage of new technologies to increase the reach of its authors, with an emphasis on the opportunities presented by ebooks.

9:45 — Mike Shatzkin, Founder & CEO Idea Logical Company
How the DOJ's Misunderstandings Could Destroy Publishing, and Why It's Worth Saving.
This talk will discuss what is likely to happen if the recent settlement between DOJ and three major publishers over agency model pricing is allowed to stand. DOJ mis–characterizes the agency model as “price fixing”, but the DOJ remedy, prohibiting the agency model in the ebook marketplace, will have extremely negative unintended consequences for publishers.

10:45 — Break

11:00 — Al Greco, Fordham University Professor of Marketing
The Educational Publishing Ecosystem: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats
Publishing for higher education and the K–12 markets generates more revenue for publishers than trade publishing, but the status quo in this segment is facing disruptive forces of change. Open access education, open access publishing and new models for content distribution threaten established business models; at the same time, the expanding reach of digital publishing and formats such as interactive textbooks, create new opportunities. This talk will provide a researchbased perspective on the future of educational publishing

11:45 — Sean Culhane, Office of the Publisher, International Monetary Fund
IMF eLibrary: Expanding Free Access in Low–Income Countries
This presentation will focus on how IMF works to meet its ethical responsibility to make accessible IMF data, research, and analysis to students, academics and policymakers in the poorest countries, and how, in the past year, they were able to create a 400% increase in use of the IMF eLibrary.

12:30 — Break

1:00 — Copyright and Fair Use Panel
      Moderator: Eric Slater, American Chemical Society

      Panelists:   Keith Kupfershmid, Software & Information Industry Association
                          Chris Mohr, Meyer, Klipper & Mohr, PLLC
                          Sherwin Siy, Public Knowledge
                          Jodie Griffin, Public Knowledge

The panel will speak to a number of current cases affecting fair use and copyright.

2:15 Lissa Muscatine, Politics & Prose Bookstore
Indies: We’re Still Very Much Alive!
Mortar and brick bookstores are an important part of the publishing ecosystem. We'll talk about our first year as owners of an iconic Washington DC bookstore and important lessons learned.

2:45 — Break

3:00 — Joel Poznansky, President, Columbia Books Stephen Rhind–Tutt, Founder Alexander Street Books Mary Alice Baish
Predictions on the Impact of the Digital Age on the Publishing Ecosystem – 10 years out
In 2002, Joel Poznansky and David Seaman published “Information Unbound: Publishing and Scholarship in 2020” based on discussions held at a Colloquium at the Folger Library which brought together leaders from major traditional and electronic publishers, libraries and related information specialists to make longterm predictions about how information, the book and publishing would evolve by 2020. Ten years out we look at what the discussions got right and what they didn’t and what trends we identi"ed that are still playing out.

3:45 — Dennis Johnson, Melville House co–publisher and MobyLives founder
Over the River and Through the Ecosystem: Dispelling Publishing's Newest Myths
Dennis Johnson discusses the possibility that the bookworld doesn't actually have an ecosystem –– that the word represents a faddish appropriation promoted by the powers–that–be to relieve themselves of responsibility: by the desperate who are terrified of change; by the gurus who need a shtick. He also discusses the possibility that it does have an ecosystem, but one that demands its inhabitants do things that seem counterproductive, such as bucking the trends of the marketplace. What’s an ethical publisher to do? Johnson discusses possibilities based on his own journey through the land where art meets commerce

4:30 — Wrap Up and Adjourn