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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