Zombie SOPA: A New Threat to the Open Internet
Monday, March 14
11:00AM - 12:00PM
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.
Dir Patent Reform Project
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...Show the rest
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 communications tools and creative works. As a practiced patent attorney and also a former tech startup software developer, Charles applies his knowledge of both patent law and technology to advocate for patent policies that benefit innovators and the public at large.Hide the rest
Dir of Innovation Policy & General Counsel
R Street Institute
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...Show the rest
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 Appeals for the Federal Circuit in ClearCorrect v. International Trade Commission. In that article, she argued that the ITC improperly expanded its jurisdiction by attempting to regulate digital information. Professor Kumar received her J.D. at the University of Chicago, where she served as a staff member of the University of Chicago Law Review. From 2003 to 2006, she practiced intellectual property litigation in Chicago at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and at Pattishall McAuliffe. She then spent two years at Duke University Law School, where she was a Faculty Fellow and part of the Center for Genome Ethics Law & Policy. After completing her fellowship, Professor Kumar clerked for the Honorable Judge Kenneth F. Ripple on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Professor Kumar is also passionate about teaching. She is the 2013 recipient of both the University of Houston Teaching Excellence award and the Student Bar Association's Faculty of the Year award.Hide the rest