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CIS/SLATA Speaker Series: Tom Rubin '88

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April 25, 2007 12:30pm - 1:30pm

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Speaker: Tom Rubin '88 is Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary at Microsoft, where he heads the Copyright, Trademark and Trade Secret Group.

This year has already seen another wave of conflicts and lawsuits between copyright owners and new technology, such as Viacom’s copyright infringement suit against YouTube last month. The events are reminiscent of the late 1990s/early 2000s, when companies like the original Napster and mp3.com were sued by record companies, except this time around the sharing of video is the focus of the controversy.

This talk will consider these recent developments in light of both those earlier disputes and recent advances in technology, and will assess where we are headed in the future. Contrary to some press reports, these legal and technological developments are not necessarily a signal of continued discord around copyright in the digital age. Instead, they can be seen as positive signs of a maturing environment that will provide increased benefits to all participants: consumers, creators and service providers.

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