My Proposed SXSW Panel


I know I’m a few days late with this, I missed it on the 17th when the Panel Picker went online, but I am on a proposed panel entitled “Preventing Legal Pitfalls Online“.

The panel is being organized by Katherine Sunstrom, a Houston intellectual property attorney.

The other panelists on board are myself, a plagiarism and copyright consultant and manager of, Charles Lee Mudd Jr., a Chicago attorney that has represented individuals sued and subpoenaed by the RIAA and Christine Tremoulet a photographer who specializes in wedding and boudoir photography.

The panel will specifically look at ten questions:

  1. What do I do if I receive a cease and desist letter?
  2. Do I need to register my works if I am distributing under a creative commons license?
  3. What are the myths about use of copyright online?
  4. Why register my work?
  5. How can I find out if someone is copying my content?
  6. How do I prevent others from copying my content?
  7. Should I take comfort in the concept of fair use?
  8. Do I need a copyright notice and what should it look like?
  9. How do I protect my copyright interests without being seen as “copywrong”?
  10. Should I really worry about the possibility of others using my intellectual property, what is the harm?

It is an intermediate-level panel that should be approachable by laypeople and attorneys alike.

If you’re interested in this panel, I would like to encourage you to vote for it and leave comments supporting it. Between the four of us you have some great copyright and creative minds that approach this issue from many different perspectives. I would be very excited about this panel even if I were not on it.

So, if you have a moment, I’d greatly appreciate a quick thumbs up for the panel. Also, if you don’t plan on attending SXSW in 2010, remember that the panel will, very likely, be available via video afterward for everyone to enjoy.

For the record, SXSW will be happening March 12-21 2010 and the Interactive Conference will be March 12-16. I’ll be attending no matter what so please come out and see me!

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