How can copyright owners enforce their rights in a challenging online and digital environment? Widespread copyright infringement remains an enduring problem, but the challenges and the solutions constantly evolve.
Copyright owners face big challenges. One problem is the contention that social norms regarding copyright have changed – that an entire generation has grown up accustomed to infringement. Another is the issue of rogue sites – offshore websites that contain massive amounts of U.S. content. Yet another problem is the fact that some of the world's most respected brands are supplying vast amounts of advertising dollars to sites that supply both infringing content and even more illicit materials.
Copyright owners also are trying innovative solutions. New private-ordering solutions, such as cooperation with internet service providers, appear promising. Creators are persuading advertisers that advertising with pirates is bad business. New business models offer great hope. Even social norms can change.
The participants on this Teleforum consider these new challenges, promising new approaches, and what the best business and policy responses might be to them.
- Prof. Bruce E. Boyden, Assistant Professor of Law, Marquette University Law School
- Prof. Mark Schultz, Co-Director of Academic Programs, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, George Mason University School of Law and Associate Professor, Southern Illinois University School of Law
- Mr. Steve Tepp, Sentinel Worldwide
- Moderator: Prof. Adam Mossoff, Co-Director of Academic Programs & Senior Scholar,
Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, George Mason University School of Law
- Introduction: Mr. Christian Corrigan, Director of Publications, The Federalist Society