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For most of our country's history, copyright policy and legislation were largely immune from partisan rancor. The organized revolt against recent efforts to enhance copyright protections, including the SOPA and PIPA, underscores that things have changed. Panelists will explore the competing interests and ideologies that brought us here, and how the heightened role of politics in copyright...

1/14/2014
When: January 14
12:00 - 2:00 PM
Where: The Princeton Club
15 West 43rd Street
New York, New York  10036
United States
Contact: Amy Nickerson


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For most of our country's history, copyright policy and legislation were largely immune from the partisan rancor that has long characterized other areas such as tax policy, social programs,and privacy protection. The organized revolt against recent efforts to enhance copyright protections, including the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA), underscores that things have changed. Our panelists, who come from both sides of the debate, will explore the competing interests and ideologies that brought us here, and how the heightened role of politics in copyright policy is likely to play out.

Time: 12:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m. Networking Reception (cash bar)
12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Program (Please note: event will end promptly)

Cost: Early Bird - $70.00 (Members) $85.00 (Nonmembers) $33.00 (Students - Limited; please email requests to amy@csusa.org)

CLE: The Copyright Society of the USA is a NY CLE Approved Provider. This course is Transitional and Nontransitional and provides 1.0 Professional Practice Credit (based on 50 minutes).

Registration Deadline: Noon – January 10, 2014
Online or send: The Copyright Society of the USA, 1 East 53rd Street Floor 8, New York NY10022

F: 212 354-6401 E: amy@csusa.org

Our distinguished panel of speakers will include:

· Robert W. Clarida, Partner – Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC (Moderator)

Robert W. Clarida, a partner at the New York firm of Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC, is widely recognized for his intellectual property expertise, having received professional peer recognition for the field of intellectual property by numerous publications over the years.  He advises clients in a wide range of industries including software, film, music, photography and new media.  He has also litigated a number of high-profile copyright matters and argued significant federal appeals in several Circuits.  Bob speaks and writes frequently on copyright issues, and is an author of the annual review of copyright decisions published each year by the Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA. He co-authors the regular copyright law column in the New York Law Journal, teaches a seminar on emerging intellectual property issues at Columbia Law School, is a past member of the AIPLA Board of Directors, the past chair of the Copyright and Literary Property Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and a past Trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA.  He earned his J.D. in 1993 from Columbia University, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar, after earning a Ph.D. in music composition from SUNY Stony Brook in 1987, and receiving a Fulbright fellowship to the Musicology Institute of Gothenburg University, Sweden. 

Derek Khanna, Author – RSC Policy Brief: Three Myths about Copyright Law and Where to Start to Fix it

Derek Khanna is a Yale Law School Fellow with their Information Society Project.  He worked on Capitol Hill for Senator Scott Brown and for the House Republican Study Committee.  In 2012 Derek wrote a report for the Committee on copyright reform titled RSC Policy Brief: Three Myths about Copyright Law and Where to Start to Fix it, which received substantial support from conservatives and the technology community.  Within a month of leaving Congress, Derek launched a national campaign on cell phone unlocking, which garnered significant support and resulted in FCC action and Congressional legislation, as well as phone companies choosing to allow consumers to unlock their phones.  Derek has spoken at numerous venues, including the Conservative Political Action Conference, International Consumer Electronics Show, South by SouthWest and at major universities. He has submitted testimony to the Judiciary Committee and filed comments on copyright reform as part of the Commerce Department/ USPTO's recent Green Paper process. Currently, Derek continues his unpaid campaign on cell phone unlocking and is a consultant and paid contributor for the Atlantic, National Review, Forbes and other outlets. He was recently included on Forbes's 2013 list for 30 under 30 for Law and Policy.

Ben Sheffner, Vice President, Legal Affairs – Motion Picture Association of America

Ben Sheffner is Vice President, Legal Affairs at the Motion Picture Association of America, where he advises the MPAA and its member studios on copyright and other intellectual property matters. Ben has previously held in-house legal positions at NBCUniversal and Twentieth Century Fox, and worked as an associate in the Century City office of O'Melveny & Myers LLP.  In 2008, Ben served as Special Counsel on Senator John McCain's presidential campaign where, among other responsibilities, he handled the campaign's copyright, trademark, and other IP issues. Ben received his J.D. in 2000 from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) and his A.B. in 1993 from Harvard College.

 


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