Daliah Saper to Lecture at Entertainment & Technology Law Conference in Los Angeles California

Daliah Saper will travel to LA next week to lecture on mass copyright infringement suits by copyright trolls as part of a seminar

Registration and panel information here: http://www.narm.com/events/entertainment-technology-law-conference-series/10-25-12-los-angeles/

Agenda Topics

PANEL 1: Comparing International Anti-Piracy Strategies

  • Governments worldwide have tried a variety of different methods of reducing online piracy.  Some have focused on criminal and civil liability for illegal downloading, others have adopted website blocking and filtering laws, and some have relied primarily on public education and efforts to improve legal distribution services.   Panelists will discuss anti-piracy methods employed in various countries, their effectiveness and reasons for differing results, and how lessons learned might be useful to Congress and U.S. markets.
  • Moderator: Joel Schoenfeld, Partner, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp
  • Gregor Pryor, Partner, Reed Smith
  • Ron Wheeler, Sr. VP, Content Protection, Fox Entertainment Group
  • PANEL 2: The Continuing Digital Evolution of the First Sale Doctrine 
    As traditional media continues marching from physical to digital, U.S. courts continue to define the contours of the copyright First Sale Doctrine.  Several 9th Circuit decisions recently addressed whether purchasers of games, music and business software are “owners” or merely licensees (Universal Music Group v. Augusto, Vernor v. Autodesk, MDY v. Blizzard), and now a district court in the 2nd Circuit is considering whether the first sale doctrine applies to “digital resale” of sound recordings (Capitol Records v. ReDigi).  The panel will discuss the legal theories and the real-world implications of this continuing line of first sale cases, including the potential impact on cloud computing.
  • Moderator: Sarah Rosenbaum, RPG Strategies
  • Corynne McSherry, Intellectual Property Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • PANEL 3: Digital Television Innovation, Competition and Copyright. 
    The Cartoon Network/Cablevision case extended consumer home recording rights to remote DVRs, and now the Aereo case is threatening to extend “home” recording rights to remote antennas that do not even transmit to our homes.  Meanwhile, back inside the house, Dish Network’s Hopper DVR has re-ignited the debate about automatic ad-skipping technology, and reminding observers of the ReplayTV litigation many years ago.  Is television as-we-know-it essentially over?  And how will these new models affect traditional revenue streams or create new ones?
  • Kraig Baker, Chair, Technology, e-Business & Digital Media Practice, David Wright Tremaine, LLP
  • Michael Elkin, Partner, Winston & Strawn
  • Robert Garrett, Partner, Arnold & Porter, LLP
  • Michael Page, Partner, Durie Tangri
  • PANEL 4:  Copyright Trolls or Creative Lawyering? Are Mass Copyright Infringement Suits Ethical?  Can They Be Effective Deterrents, or a Successful Business Model?
    U.S. Copyright Group and Righthaven LLC are two prominent examples of plaintiffs initiating mass copyright infringement suits in partnership with rightsholders.  This enforcement model has also been attempted in Germany and the UK.  Why has this model not been generally effective?  Do ASCAP, BMI and the Copyright Clearance Center provide alternative enforcement models, or are the incentives in those models inadequate to incentivize investors in lawsuits?  Why are “patent trolls” more effective than so-called copyright trolls?
  • Corynne McSherry, Intellectual Property Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Daliah Saper, Principal, Saper Law
  • Corey Field, Partner, Ballard Spahr

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