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Copyright & Disruptive Technologies

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This panel will discuss copyright in the wake of SOPA/PIPA: how law gets made, how it impacts innovation, and how it interacts with civil liberties, particularly free speech & privacy. It consists of Andrew Bridges, Margot Kaminski, Wendy Seltzer, & a surprise industry guest.
Bridges has successfully argued numerous copyright cases on the behalf of innovative technologies. Recently, he represented Dajaz1, the music site seized by DHS for over a year that galvanized SOPA/PIPA opposition.
Kaminski is Executive Director of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. She identified substantive civil liberty problems with the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which was rejected by the European Parliament after widespread protest by European citizens.
Seltzer founded and developed the Chilling Effects Clearinghouse, which studies legal threats to online speech and activity. She is on the board of Tor, and served on the ICANN board.


Andrew Bridges Partner, Litigation Fenwick & West LLP

Andrew Bridges represents innovators and their companies in a wide variety of important matters typically involving new technologies or business models, often when a company’s or an entire industry’s future is at stake. His practice includes complex litigation and high-stakes business counseling in Internet, copyright, trademark, advertising, unfair competition, consumer protection, and commercial law matters. Among his prominent successes are:
• Defense of Diamond Multimedia in RIAA v. Diamond Multimedia (challenge to MP3 players)
• Defense of Google in Perfect 10 v. Google ( to search engine)
• Defense of MasterCard in Perfect 10 v. VISA and MasterCard (challenge to payment processing for alleged infringers)
• Defense of ClearPlay in Huntsman v. Soderbergh (challenge to DVD replay filtering software)
• Recovery of the domain after its seizure by Homeland Security in Operation In Our Sites.
• Representation of Richard O’Dwyer in fighting extradition from the U.K. and criminal prosecution in the U.K. for hosting a linking site.
He also authored the amicus curiae brief for eBay, Facebook, IAC/InterActiveCorp, and Yahoo! in Viacom v. YouTube.

Derek Khanna Visiting Fellow Information Society Project at Yale Law School

Margot Kaminski Exec Dir Information Society Project at Yale Law School

Margot E. Kaminski is the Executive Director of the Information Society Project, and a Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. She is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School and a former fellow of the Information Society Project. While at Yale Law School, she co-founded of the Media Freedom and Information Access Practicum. Following graduation from Yale Law School, she clerked for The Honorable Andrew J. Kleinfeld of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She has been a Radcliffe Research Fellow at Harvard and a Google Policy Fellow at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Her research and advocacy work focuses on media freedom, online civil liberties, data mining, and surveillance issues. She has written widely on law and technology issues for law journals and the popular press and has drawn public attention to the civil liberties issues surrounding the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.

Wendy Seltzer Policy Counsel, W3C W3C/Berkman Center

Wendy Seltzer is Policy Counsel to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and a Fellow with Yale Law School's Information Society Project, researching openness in intellectual property, innovation, privacy, and free expression online. As a Fellow with Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Wendy founded and leads the Chilling Effects Clearinghouse, helping Internet users to understand their rights in response to cease-and-desist threats. She serves on the Board of Directors of The Tor Project, promoting privacy and anonymity research, education, and technology; the World Wide Web Foundation, U.S., dedicated to advancing the web and empowering people by improving Web science, standards, and generative accessibility of Web; and the The Open Source Hardware Association. She seeks to improve technology policy in support of user-driven innovation and communication.