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Monday, September 17th, 2012

Internet Piracy and the Constitution

Mark Avsec, J.D. – Partner, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, LLP, and Adjunct Professor of Law at CWRU School of Law

Raymond Ku, J.D. – Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center for Law, Technology and the Arts at CWRU School of Law

Monday September 17, 2012, 4:30-6 p.m.

Program planned by the CWRU Constitution Day 2012 Student Committee and sponsored by the Office of the President, Office of Government and Community Relations, Cleveland Institute of Art, Center for Policy Studies, and the School of Law

Over the past decade, disputes about intellectual property and piracy on the internet have become steadily more prominent. In October 2011, the House Judiciary Committee introduced the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). With its bipartisan sponsors, the bill proposed anti-piracy measures allowing the U.S. Department of Justice and intellectual property owners to exercise control over websites facilitating copyright infringement. In the Senate, the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) introduced additional methods for the government and copyright holders to protect against counterfeit goods domestically and abroad. Given protests and an unprecedented internet blackout, voting on the bills was suspended. However, a third bill intended to protect against cyber threats, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), passed in the House of Representatives in April 2012.

The Constitution Day 2012 forum will examine constitutional questions raised by internet piracy, proposed legislation to regulate the internet, copyright law, and other issues related to intellectual property. It will include perspectives from the speakers, questions from a CWRU student panel, and audience participation.

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