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SXSW Interactive 2013

Copyright and Disruptive Technologies

This panel will discuss copyright in the wake of SOPA/PIPA: how law gets made, how it impacts innovation, and how it interacts with civil liberties, particularly free speech & privacy. It consists of Andrew Bridges, Margot Kaminski, Wendy Seltzer, & a surprise industry guest.

Bridges has successfully argued numerous copyright cases on the behalf of innovative technologies. Recently, he represented Dajaz1, the music site seized by DHS for over a year that galvanized SOPA/PIPA opposition.

Kaminski is Executive Director of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. She identified substantive civil liberty problems with the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which was rejected by the European Parliament after widespread protest by European citizens.

Seltzer founded and developed the Chilling Effects Clearinghouse, which studies legal threats to online speech and activity. She is on the board of Tor, and served on the ICANN board.

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  1. Isn't copyright necessary to inspire and support creativity? How else would we go after the pirates and make money online?
  2. What are the biggest substantive problems with U.S. copyright law- or proposed law- and why are people so upset about it?
  3. How does copyright impact innovative technology, in particular? What do you mean by "disruptive technology"?
  4. What is U.S. foreign policy in copyright law, and why should it matter to U.S. companies? What are ACTA & TPP, and why are they so problematic?
  5. I'm a small company- what should I do about copyright?



Margot Kaminski, Executive Director, Information Society Project

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  • Tags: copyright, law, innovation
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Content and Distribution
  • Level: Advanced
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