2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Rock, Meet Hard Place: Does Law Stifle Innovation?

Sunday, March 15
9:30AM - 10:30AM

Hilton Austin Downtown
Room 412
500 E 4th St

Aereo learned a hard lesson last year: law can stifle innovation. But law can't keep up with innovation, abandoning entrepreneurs and tinkerers to operate in an ambiguous space. Rock, meet hard place.
Nabiha Syed and Basha Rubin are two lawyers operating at the intersection of law and innovation. Prescriptive rules require innovation to achieve a final resting-place, and innovation is, by definition, ceaseless. We will explore this tension between makers and regulators.

Nabiha will focus on the FAA's delays in releasing regulations for domestic drone use. Complexity necessitates deliberation to reach an optimal outcome, but cripples makers and entrepreneurs planning for the future.

Basha's experience with Priori, a curated online marketplace connecting lawyers to businesses, is case in point. As a startup operating in an evolving regulatory space, she has faced these difficult decisions. The outcome is often to do now and to plead ignorance later. But who bears the cost?


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Basha Rubin


Priori Legal LLC

Basha is the CEO and Co-Founder of Priori Legal, an online marketplace connecting businesses with a network of vetted lawyers at transparent, below-market and fixed rates. She speaks and writes ex...

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Nabiha Syed



Nabiha Syed is a media lawyer with interests in transparency, surveillance, and emerging media technologies. A former First Amendment Fellow for The New York Times, Nabiha currently works at Levine...

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