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SXSW Interactive 2014: Copyright and Tech After SOPA

SXSW Interactive 2014: Copyright and Tech After SOPA

sxsw2014-logoIn 2012, I went to SXSW Interactive to discuss copyright and government legislation.

It was an interesting time for the conversation about copyright and technology. It had been just under two months since the SOPA/PIPA protests and the closure of Megaupload.

Copyright was on everyone’s mind at SXSW and the conversation would turn to the subject whether or not a copyright person was in the room. Going there as a pro-copyright person, though not one fond of SOPA and PIPA, felt akin to stepping into the lion’s den.

Still, the conversations were good and I came back with a series of SXSW lessons that I had gleaned including how little tech had learned from the SOPA/PIPA debates and just how much major copyright stakeholders had to learn about the Web.

With this trip, the tone was very different. Not only were there fewer panels about copyright (at least directly) but the conversation was more focused on privacy, in particular as it relates to the NSA, and there weren’t nearly as many great copyright conversations to eavesdrop or join in on.

Still, there are a few interesting points worth discussing but rather than make it a series of posts, I’ve decided to highlight some of my key takeaways here, in no particular order.

Bear in mind that these were my takeaways based upon my conversations and the panels I went to. Others may have had different experiences and, if you have, I’d love to hear about them below.Continue Reading

5 Copyright Themes to Watch in 2014

5 Copyright Themes to Watch in 2014

2013 was a banner year for copyright but 2014 promises to be even more exciting. Here’s what to watch out for over the next 12 months.Continue Reading

3 Count: One Year

3 Count: One Year

Today is the one-year anniversary of the SOPA/PIPA protests, Megaupload’s successor is on the way and 50 Cents wins infringement case.Continue Reading

2012 in Review: Plagiarism, Copyright and Content Theft

2012 in Review: Plagiarism, Copyright and Content Theft

With 2012 almost done, here’s a look back at the highlights and lowlights of the year when it comes to plagiarism, copyright and content theft.Continue Reading

3 Count: Pandora’s Box

3 Count: Pandora’s Box

Pandora sues ASCAP over royalties, Kim Dotcom loses his new domain preemptively and what’s on the horizon for Obama on copyright?Continue Reading

3 Count: False Dylan

3 Count: False Dylan

Jonah Lehrer resigns amid fabrication scandal, UK seeks to set up copyright hub and leaked RIAA report says SOPA would have been a waste.Continue Reading

3 Count: Touché Attaché

3 Count: Touché Attaché

Canadian Supreme Court rules against new copyright royalties, SOPA opponent resurrects parts of the bill and ICE seizes more domains.Continue Reading

SXSW Lesson 2: Big Copyright Doesn’t Get the Web

SXSW Lesson 2: Big Copyright Doesn’t Get the Web

Big copyright holders, IE: RIAA and the MPAA, don’t truly understand the Web or the tech community. The surprise is that they aren’t even trying.Continue Reading

SXSW Lesson 1: The Tech Industry Learned Nothing from SOPA/PIPA

SXSW Lesson 1: The Tech Industry Learned Nothing from SOPA/PIPA

Even as the tech industry celebrates its victory over SOPA and PIPA, it’s losing sight of the real lesson from the encounter.Continue Reading

Eps 226 – Mega Takedown

Eps 226 – Mega Takedown

Megaupload gets taken down, seven arrested including founder Kim Dotcom, SOPA/PIPA formally shelved and EU countries sign ACTA despite protests.Continue Reading