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Is Your ISP Becoming A Copyright Cop?


May 3, 2012 12:45pm - 2:00pm

Room 95

Is Your ISP Becoming A Copyright Cop?
The Graduated Response Program and "Voluntary" Efforts to Police Online Infringement

Lunch time talk with Corynne McSherry

SLATA Lunch Time Talk.
Co-hosted by the Center for Internet and Society.
Room 95

This July, several major internet access providers (including, very likely, yours) will roll out a new program supposedly intended to inhibit online infringement via peer top peer file-sharing networks. The program is a result of a deal, announced last year, between ISPs and big content providers to work together police online infringement, educate allegedly infringing subscribers and, if subscribers resist such education, take various steps including restricting their internet access. As always, the devil is in the details, and the details here are devilish indeed. EFF Intellectual Property Director Corynne McSherry will outline how the program will work and explain why subscribers might want to demand a reboot.

Corynne McSherry is Intellectual Property Director at EFF, specializing in intellectual property and free speech issues. Prior to joining EFF, Corynne was a civil litigator at the law firm of Bingham McCutchen, LLP. Corynne has a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz, a Ph.D from the University of California at San Diego, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. While in law school, Corynne published Who Owns Academic Work? Battling for Control of Intellectual Property (Harvard University Press, 2001).