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SOPA, ACTA in the US and the Corresponding Copyright Reform Proposals in Europe: The Right Way to Tackle Online Copyright Infringement?

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April 23, 2012 12:45pm - 2:00pm

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About the event: In response to the rampant growth of online copyright infringement, lawmakers in Europe and the US have recently introduced various bills aimed at "cracking down on online piracy." However, legislative reforms may not be the best solution to address this problem.

In this talk, Ms. Martinet will provide an overview of the main bills and reforms that have been recently introduced in the EUand in the US, along with the main counterarguments raised against them. She will then argue that regardless of the merit of these criticisms, legislative reforms may not be the best way to tackle online infringement.

First, despite rapid growth in the online sector, the Internet is still in a state of flux and various disruptive innovations could radically change the technological landscape in the next few years. Moreover, Europe and the US already provide in their current legislation a set of robust, largely consistent remedies to address online piracy. Unfortunately, the legal rules governing online copyright infringement in Europe and in the US are still applied and interpreted in very inconsistent ways.

Ms. Martinet will conclude that, rather than through legislative reforms, online piracy can be curbed more effectively through greater harmonization of our current legal frameworks, as well as through the implementation of a wide set of business-driven solutions.

About the Speaker: Béatrice Martinet is a research fellow at the Stanford-Vienna Transatlantic Technology Law Forum (TTLF) since January 2011 where she has been working on Internet intermediaries’ liability for copyright and trademark infringement. Before that, Ms Martinet has been practicing as an Intellectual Property lawyer in the Paris office of Bird & Bird and Salans LLP, since 2003. During these years, she was notably involved in several landmark cases concerning online piracy. Béatrice Martinet is a graduate of Université Panthéon Assas (Paris) and Liberà Università degli Studi Sociali (LUISS) (Roma) and the author of a thesis on plagiarism in literature as well as various articles relating to online copyright and trademark infringement.