In order to provide a foundation for navigating the subject matter of the unconference, the event will include three panels. The panels will be used to spotlight activist organizations that have been successful in traversing the intellectual property landscape, provide attendees with the legal fundamentals necessary for traversing this subject area, and explore innovations in technology that have the potential for transforming activism.
The convergence of intellectual property and activism can be seen all around us and can take many forms. In some cases, the activist goals are aimed at reforming the intellectual property system itself. In other cases, access to intellectual property may be an indispensible component of the ultimate goal. In still other cases, an organization's goals may ostensibly have nothing to do with intellectual property, but thoughtful consideration of IP may lead to new and useful strategies. This panel will spotlight organizations that have successfully incorporated IP thought into their missions.
Pat Aufderheide, Center for Social Media, American University
Ethan Guillen, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines
Ben Moskowitz, Open Video Alliance
Nelson Pavlosky, Students for Free Culture
Stephen Schultze, RECAP, Princeton CITP
Elizabeth Townsend Gard, Center for IP Law and Culture, Tulane Law School
Lindsey Weeramuni, MIT OpenCourseWare
Moderator: Lea Shaver, Hofstra Law School
The success of any form of activism depends largely upon the ability of those involved to identify obstacles to achieving the organization's goals. In order to realize the goals of IP activists, it's necessary to connect the dots between what IP is and why you should care. Before we can change the game, we must know the rules. Understanding the rules in this sphere is not merely an exercise in reciting statutes; activists must also understand the ways in which different innovation systems interact with each other. This panel will focus on connecting the dots between what IP is and why you should care.
Jonathan Band, policybandwidth
Nicholas Bramble, Yale Law School Information Society Project
Molly Land, Institute for Information Law & Policy, New York Law School
Frank Pasquale, Seton Hall Law School
Jason Schultz, UC Berkeley School of Law
Peter Yu, IP Law Center, Drake University Law School
Moderator: Kenneth Crews, Copyright Advisory Office, Columbia University Libraries
Technological progress has provided us with the tools to shape activism in bold new ways. Never before has there been such potential for global access to innovation and for innovation to improve the lives of so many. The Internet has the power to spur innovation and disseminate information at a rate unimaginable by previous generations. Social media tools enhance the ability of organizations to reach larger audiences all across the world. New business models have emerged that increase the capacity of activists to procure necessary resources and funding. This panel will focus on designing and delivering practical solutions by the state of technology, law, and policy.
Fred Benenson, Kickstarter
Laura Denardis, Yale Law School Information Society Project
David Levine, Elon University School of Law
Manny Schecter, IBM
Derek Slater, Google
Baskut Tuncak, Center for International Environmental Law in Geneva
Moderator: Victoria Stodden, Columbia University, Department of Statistics