Piracy, Liberty, and the Internet

If you think SOPA is the food that abuelita gives you when you’re sick and PIPA is Kate Middleton’s highly entertaining sister, then you’re going to need to stop by this panel discussion on April 30 to learn why uploading a random photo of a LOLcat to Facebook or listening to your favorite song on YouTube could be no more.

Could legal be taken against the adorable little girl who’s Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ Home cover has generated more than 20 million views? Maybe. Could YouTube be held liable and cease to exist entirely? Probably. But, on the other hand, are we putting musicians and artists out of business by just listening to songs on YouTube and Spotify?

Several months ago, Wikipedia and several other major websites participated in a black out to protest two highly controversial anti-piracy bills: The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA).

When it comes to the Internet, most people support both free flowing information and protection of intellectual property. The difficulty of achieving both of these goals is particularly apparent on college campuses where students are increasingly dependent on the Internet and faculty must guard against plagiarism. The SOPA/PIPA controversy raises critical issues. Can we preserve the openness of the Internet and promote creativity while protecting intellectual property? What is the best way to improve security online?

Join the Criminal Justice Society, Dyson, Seidenberg, and Lubin at Piracy, Liberty, and the Internet, a panel discussion on the proposed SOPA and PIPA bills, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on April 30 in the Student Union on the NYC Campus. With speakers both for and against SOPA/PIPA, this forum will inform the audience about the content of the proposed legislation and the issues associated with it, so that individuals can decide for themselves whether they support it. Hear experts debate the issues, and enter into a lively discussion.