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What Goes Up Must Come Down:
Copyright and Process in the Age of User-Posted Content

March 16, 2007, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Rayburn House Office Building, Room B340
Washington, DC 20515

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  • Jim Delong (Moderator), Senior Fellow, Director of the Center for the Study of Digital Property, The Progress and Freedom Foundation
  • Christian Dawson, Business Manager of Sales & Marketing, ServInt Internet Services, and Board Member, USIIA
  • Bill Rosenblatt, President, GiantSteps Media Technology Strategies, and Managing Editor, DRMWatch
  • Solveig Singleton, Senior Adjunct Fellow, The Progress & Freedom Foundation
  • Don Verrilli, Partner, Jenner & Block LLP

The Internet is all about information generated by as well as for the end user. From eBay to YouTube to Google, an endless stream of complex content is posted—and if taken down, reposted—within minutes or hours. Section 512’s Notice and Take-Down provisions were intended to help cope with the resulting onslaught of posts that infringe copyright. But recent cases such as the Tur litigation suggest it is not fast enough to make a dent in infringement. At the same time, is it fair to the occasional innocent user subjected to an overbroad interpretation of infringement? What is the proper role of intermediaries? Can filtering or watermark technology help sort this out?

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