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Conference: Copyright Compromises on October 12

The Information Economy Project at George Mason University


Copyright Compromises: Creators' Rights, ISP Efficiency & Consumer Welfare

A Mini-Conference @ George Mason University School of Law
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
9 a.m. to Noon in Room 215
George Mason University School of Law, 3301 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA
(Orange Line: Virginia Square-GMU Metro stop)

In July, copyright holders and Internet service providers produced a “six strikes” agreement brokered by the White House.  The deal protects intellectual property rights in cyberspace, with the help of ISPs.   Is this an efficiency-enhancing compromise -- or an abomination?  ISPs create value in managing networks, mitigating spam and malware.  Are the ISP responsibilities in IP enforcement an extension of these functions, or a new strain that will prove counter-productive?

8:15 AM – 9:00 AM Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM   Welcoming Remarks

Daniel Polsby, Dean, George Mason University School of Law
Sarah Oh, Information Economy Project (organizer) 

9:10 AM   Legal Issues in the Copyright Settlement

Christopher Newman, Prof. of Law, George Mason University (moderator)
Steve Marks, General Counsel, RIAA
Keith Epstein, General Attorney & Associate General Counsel, AT&T

10:10 AM   How the ISPs Work, Before & After the Copyright Enforcement Deal

Christopher Newman, Prof. of Law, George Mason University (moderator)
Daniel Castro, Information Technology & Innovation Foundation
Ben Depoorter, Professor of Law, UC Hastings Law School
Sherwin Siy, Deputy Legal Director, Public Knowledge
Nick Feamster, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Georgia Tech
12:00 PM Adjourn

Reserve your spot via email: iep.gmu@gmail.com.
Admission is free, but seating is limited.