Here is the website for the conference mentioned in the NY Times article. http://arago.cprost.sfu.ca/~iamot/KHHApr262004.html
The confernce was held on June 18, 2004.
"Annenberg Public Policy Center and Rice University In association with Public Knowledge and the Center for Public Domain invite you to participate in a landmark conference: Conference: Knowledge Held Hostage? Scholarly versus Corporate Rights in the Digital Age"
Here is how they described the conference:
"Scholars of all types are facing tighter controls over the copyrighted text, images, and video they use for research and teaching purposes. This action-oriented meeting will bring together academics, librarians, legal thinkers, and activists from around the country in a cross-disciplinary discussion of the unique problems that scholars and their institutions face in the growing field of digital rights management."
"What justifies fair use in a scholarly context? Is there a viable alternative to fair use in the academic environment? What are the fair use issues and needs raised by different scholarly media (for example, print, film, digital media, databases)? Do different kinds of institutional arrangements (large vs. small school vs. professional society, classroom vs. library) raise different fair use issues and needs? How do existing general counsel guidelines in academic institutions help scholars? Are there new ways to approach copyright that may be more beneficial to academics than the status quo? What should scholars do in the meantime, while the wheels of change are turning?"
They also list a website: www.knowledgehostage.org; they reported that over 190 attended the conference "and others watched live on the web." You can watch the conference at this site as well. You can also get bios on the panelists, a transcrption version and the program.