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Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Zombie SOPA: A New Threat to the Open Internet

Monday, March 14
11:00AM - 12:00PM

JW Marriott
Salon 5
110 E 2nd St

The controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) was defeated in Congress, but there have been backdoor efforts to revive it. One of the most surprising is happening at the International Trade Commission, an agency with powers to block importation of articles based on copyrights or patents.

The ITC recently decided Internet downloads are blockable “importation of articles.” The decision was widely criticized by tech companies and Internet advocates (but praised by the MPAA, who wants to use it for SOPA-style website blocking). It was recently struck down by a federal court, though the case is ongoing.

We’ll discuss how we got here and where this decision, and the ITC, are going.

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Charles Duan at SXSW

Charles Duan

Dir Patent Reform Project

Public Knowledge

Charles Duan is the Director of the Patent Reform Project at Public Knowledge, a nonprofit organization that promotes freedom of expression, an open Internet, and access to affordable communication...

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Ellen Schrantz


Internet Association

Mike Godwin at SXSW

Mike Godwin

Dir of Innovation Policy & General Counsel

R Street Institute

Sapna Kumar

Assoc Professor

University of Houston

Professor Kumar is an expert in the application of administrative law to patent law. Her most recent article, Regulating Digital Trade (forthcoming, Fla. L. Rev.), was cited by the U.S. Court of Ap...

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