On May 30 2013 the NYC Legal Hackers presented The Business and Law of Emerging Revenue Streams in UGC at Projective Space NYC. The event looked at the law and business of monetizing user generated content (UGC). With huge amounts of content uploaded daily, both companies and users are looking for innovative revenue streams that capitalize on the massive audience and frictionless distribution of UGC. A panel of lawyers, content managers, and an author talked about the unique opportunities and unexpected legal hurdles associated with this new and growing marketplace. The event concluded with a presentation from Legal Hackers founder Phil Weiss of an idea for an interactive terms of service (ToS) framework that might benefit hosts and users alike. Video is below.
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VIDEO: Supreme Court Kirtsaeng Decision on First Sale Rights and Geographic Limitations on Exhaustion @theCSUSA #copyright
On April 30 2013 the Copyright Society of the USA NY Chapter presented: A Matter of Import: Supreme Court’s Kirtsaeng Decision Revisits First Sale Doctrine and Tackles Geographic Limitations on Exhaustion at The Princeton Club in NYC. A panel of experts discussed the U.S. Supreme Court March 19, 2013 decision in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., ruling that the first sale doctrine trumped Wiley’s right to control importation of copyrighted works into the U.S. The decision allowed an enterprising college student, Kirtsaeng, to import Wiley textbooks lawfully made in Thailand into the U.S., where he sold them online for a healthy profit. The holding has potentially far reaching implications both for U.S. copyright owners who wish to price their offerings differently in different jurisdictions, and for consumers of copyrighted works seeking the lowest prices. Panelists: Allan Adler, General Counsel and Vice President for Government Affairs for the Association of American Publishers (AAP); Lisa T. Simpson of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, who served as Kirtsaeng’s counsel in the case; and Jennifer Pariser, Senior Vice President of Litigation & Anti-Piracy for RIAA. Moderator was Professor Dan Hunter of New York Law School. Video is below. No transcript.
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On April 10 and 11 2013 the US House of Representives Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing Markup of H.R. __, A Bill to Affirm the Policy of the United States Regarding Internet Governance While a similar resolution (against government regulation and supporting multistakeholderism) passed unanimously at the time of the WCIT last year, this attempt to pass similar language into law met with some opposition, as it might inhibit the FCC’s ability to regulate domestically, for example, net neutrality. The discussion highlighted partisan differences on the issue, but there was consensus that common ground could, and should, be found. Ultimately, it went back to the drawing board. Video is below.
April 10 (34 mins)
- View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/HeDNQRuMLmU
- Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/PntsE9mgg6rC/
April 11 (10 mins)
Today, Friday March 15 2013, the High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University is holding 15 Year Retrospective of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act – a conference that will look at the past, present and future of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). There is a live webcast (silverlight) and video will be archived.
What: 15 Year Retrospective of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
Where: Santa Clara University, CA
When: Friday March 15 2013 – 6:45am-5.15pm PDT | 1345-0015 UTC
Webcast: http://bit.ly/YbWK4j (silverlight)
Twitter: #dmca | #htli
The former Digital Music East and Digital Music West Forums have, in 2013, been combined into one event called just DMW Music, which took place in NYC in February. Here is video of a panel, convened by Jim Griffin, on the state of digital copyright, specifically as applied to music in the USA market.
Michael Petricone, SVP, Government Affairs, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)
Sandra Aistars, Executive Director, Copyright Alliance
Michael Drexler, Executive Director, Bus Dev, New Media & Strategic Development, BMI
Jay Rosenthal, SVP & General Counsel, National Music Publishers’ Association
Darryl Ballantyne, CEO & Founder, LyricFind
Les Watkins, SVP Business Affairs & Business Development, Music Reports
Colin Rushing, General Counsel, SoundExchange
At the February 2013 OpenITP Tech-Activism 3rd Monday in NYC Nabiha Syed talked about online safety for journalists and small publishers. Nabiha co-founded Yale University’s Media Law Clinic, and since has been a Marshall Scholar at Oxford, worked at the New York Times as their First Amendment Fellow, and currently works as an attorney at Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, LLP. Video is below. Please try to find time to contribute to transcribing at AMARA.
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On February 19 2013 Lawrence Lessig marked his appointment as Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School with a lecture titled “Aaron’s Laws: Law and Justice in a Digital Age.” The lecture honored the memory and work of Aaron Swartz, the programmer and activist who took his own life on Jan. 11, 2013 at the age of 26. Swartz spent the last two years fighting federal charges that he violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Video is below, Please help with captioning at AMARA,
Tonight, Monday February 18 2013, the Free Culture Alliance NYC will meet at the monthly OpenITP Techno-Activism Third Monday. As well as the usual food and drink the featured presented will be Jeff Hermes, Director, Digital Media Law Project, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, who will provide activists with advice and tools that will help them minimize their risks and protect themselves and understand their online rights.
What: February Techno-Activism 3rd Monday
When: Monday, February 18, 2012 at 6:00 PM (EST)
Where: New America Foundation, 199 Lafayette Street, Suite 3b. NYC
Webcast: Will be recorded.
Twitter: #TA3M : @OpenITP
Contact: Sandra @ email@example.com
On June 19 2012 James Grimmelmann, Professor of Law, New York Law School, gave testimony before the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary – Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet – at a hearing on New Technologies and Innovations in the Mobile and Online Space and the Implications for Public Policy.