March 2012 – International Perspectives on Copyright Reform

The International IP Society, together with the Institute for Information Law & Policy of New York Law School (NYLS), are co-sponsoring a most timely discussion on International Perspectives on Copyright Reform on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at NYLS (Faculty Commons, W201, at 185 W. Broadway).  Our panel of Steven Masur (MasurLaw), Jason Pascal (The Orchard), Marie-Andrée Weiss (solo practice), and Professor Peter Yu (Drake University Law) will be moderated by NYLS’ Professor Molly Land.

The recently proposed PIPA/SOPA legislation here in the U.S. was intended to combat on-line copyright piracy, but has been abandoned due to concern regarding harsh penalties and insufficient due process protections.  Similar legislation has been proposed or adopted in France, Spain, and the United Kingdom.  Furthermore, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a treaty signed by the United States last fall, requires further strengthening of national efforts to combat online piracy.

Join us to consider:
• Are these reforms likely to be effective in combating online piracy or will they create more problems?
• What insight can we gain from the experiences of these other jurisdictions about the prospects for and efficacy of copyright reform in the United States?
• What role will ACTA play in ongoing national copyright reform efforts?
• How effective is copyright protection in the age of online piracy?

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