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The Law, Technology & Arts Group (LTA) delivers education, research, and outreach on the law's role in promoting and regulating innovation in technology and arts.

Both the UW and Seattle have well developed technology and arts communities that already intersect in significant ways. Seattle is a destination city for the creative class who often move seamlessly between technology and the arts. The practicing bar is highly sophisticated with many firms specializing in emerging growth tech companies across the spectrum of the life sciences, information technology, and new media/digital arts.

LTA is deeply connected to this community through its directors, staff, and adjunct faculty.


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  • - Slate In the early days of dot-com, the law found the Internet unsettling. That a buyer in one location could access the website of a seller in any other forced courts to revisit basic questions of jurisdiction and federalism. The potential to share and edit software and other digital objects introduced novel questions of ownership and control. In the mid-’90s, a movement arose among legal academics to address these and similar challenges. The central tensions of “cyberlaw” flow from the characteristics that distinguish the Internet from prior or constituent technology such as computers or phones.
  • - Puget Sound Business Journal
    A fundamental redefinition of the concept of privacy in this modern, digital age. Transparency and a public advocate in the secret courts that oversee the government’s access to data. The public’s understanding of its digital rights to privacy. Those were a few of the issues brought up Tuesday during a forum on privacy in the digital age at the University of Washington School of Law. The panel included U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, Microsoft General Counsel and Executive Vice President Brad Smith, American Civil Liberties Union National office of Legislative Counsel Gabe Rottman and was hosted by UW Law School Director of Technology Law Bill Covington.
  • - GeekWire In light of last year’s NSA revelations and more recently the Heartbleed security breach, how government balances the protection of personal information and national security has been a hot topic. This dilemma was the focus of an event at the University of Washington School of Law Tuesday morning, where experts from both the tech industry and government shared their thoughts.

A message from Dean Kellye Testy

Dean Kellye Y. TestyLTA integrates and administers all of the UW School of Law's education, research, and outreach in the areas of tech law, art law, and intellectual property. Our distinguished faculty Directors oversee a robust J.D. and LL.M. curriculum, the Technology Law & Public Policy Clinic, the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic (ELC), an established journal, an internationally renowned set of annual conferences and a speaker series.

We hope you will join us as we build on the world class art and technology communities centered at the UW and in Seattle to establish LTA as the hub of dialogue on the intersection of law, technology, and arts. Innovation in the law is needed to ensure that innovation in technology and arts is vibrantly promoted and properly regulated. LTA's mission is to simultaneously consider both of these sides to the law's role in creativity through outstanding teaching, research, and service.

Last updated 7/30/2014