Prof. Christopher Yoo on "The Transformation of the Internet"

The emergence of the Internet as the dominant means of communication over the past decade represents one of the most remarkable developments of our nation's technological history. A medium that began as a way for academics to send e-mail and exchange files has become a nearly ubiquitous phenomenon that has transformed almost every aspect of daily life.

The vision of the Internet as it existed in the late 1990s continues to serve as the starting point for current debates over communications policy. In framing the issues in this manner, policymakers overlook important changes in the economic and technological environment surrounding the Internet, including:

* The number and nature of Internet users
* The nature and variety of Internet applications
* The variety of networking and end user technologies
* The diversity of business relationships
* The maturation of the industry

In this lecture, delivered on April 21, 2009, Professor Christopher Yoo of the University of Pennsylvania Law School analyzed the nature of these changes and explored their potential for reframing current debates over Internet policy.

Copyright & the Internet Symposium

March 20, 2008--Yesterday, PIPG hosted notable scholars, practitioners, and policy advocates at its inaugural symposium, entitled “Copyright & the Internet: Solutions for a Digital World.” The discussion focused on the entertainment industry's ability to respond to challenges posed by mass copyright infringement on the Internet, the use of filters, and what role, if any, the government should play in protecting copyrighted works.

In the upcoming days, we will post commentary and pictures from the event. The full schedule was as follows:

Panel 1: “Industry Response to User-Generated Content: Cooperation or Litigation?”
Moderator: Prof. Gideon Parchomovsky
Michael Carroll, Professor of Law, Villanova School of Law
Lance Koonce, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine
Stanley Pierre-Louis, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, IP and Content Protection, Viacom
Kevin Werbach, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies, Wharton

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Kevin Kuzas, VP and General Counsel, Comcast Interactive Media
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William Patry, Senior Copyright Counsel, Google Inc.
"Internet Metaphors and Why We Need to Lose Them"

Panel 2: “Can Copyright and the First Amendment be Reconciled in the Internet Age? Filtering, Takedown Notices, & the Role of Fair Use”
Moderator: Prof. R. Polk Wagner
Kathleen Carignan, Director, Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Gregory Marchwinski, CEO, Red Lambda
Jennifer Pariser, Executive Vice President, Sony/BMG
David Sohn, Senior Policy Counsel and Director, Project on IP and Technology, Center for Democracy & Technology
Robert Terrell, LAW ’86, Associate General Counsel, UPenn

Panel 3: “Government Involvement in Copyright Regulation: Discussing the U.S. Role in Monitoring IP Infringement Online”
Moderator: Prof. Christopher Yoo
Sigal Mandelker, LAW '00, Deputy Asst. Attorney General, DOJ
David Post, Stern Professor of Law, Temple's Beasley School of Law
Charles J. Sanders, Counsel, Songwriter's Guild of America
Sherwin Siy, Staff Attorney and Director, Global Knowledge Initiative, Public Knowledge

PIPG would like to thank Hogan & Hartson for its generous support.