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The 2013 PK Policy Symposium

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (EST)

The 2013 PK Policy Symposium

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Join Public Knowledge for conversations on the future of internet, communications, and copyright policy. From "fixing" TV to copyright reform, we'll discuss obstacles and solutions to what are sure to be this year's most interesting policy questions. How do we ensure that broadband is a catalyst for growth? That the video marketplace has room to grow? That copyright balances the needs of creators with the needs of the public? 

These questions go right to the heart of what PK cares about - and is working on every day. We hope you can join the debate!

10:00 - 10:15 am | Welcoming Remarks

10:15 - 11:10 am | Data Caps

Even the fastest broadband connection won't fuel innovation if the data it carries is limited by caps. This panel will consider the impact that data caps could have on the next generation of broadband applications.

Moderated by Michael Weinberg, VP, Institute for Emerging Innovation, Public Knowledge

  • Jenni Powell, Producer The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and Director of Content, VidCon
  • Ryan Troy, Senior Director of Business Development, Boxee
  • John Vezina, Political Director, Writers Guild of America, West

11:10 am - 12:00 pm | Future of Video

Television is a highly regulated industry, and the future of video depends on how those regulations can evolve to fit a new marketplace and new technologies. This panel will looks at issues like retransmission consent and the cable compulsory license, and try to figure out how traditional platforms like cable and broadcast will relate to newer forms of video distribution.

Moderated by John Bergmayer, Senior Staff Attorney, Public Knowledge

  • Alison Minea, Corporate Counsel, DISH Network
  • Adam Thierer, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University
  • Rachel Welch, VP, Federal Legislative Affairs, Time Warner Cable

12:00 - 1:00 pm | Lunch Keynote Address: Chip Pickering on the Telephone Transition

The transition of traditional telephone lines to more efficient IP-based networks raises critical questions that go to the very heart of the 100-year-old social contract that made voice service in America universally available, affordable, and reliable. There are no easy answers as telecom policy contends with the new reality of IP-based networks. Former Congressman Chip Pickering will discuss what needs to be done to fill the policy holes left by the transition and guarantee that certain values apply to the next generation of innovative networks. 

1:00 - 2:00 pm | Copyright Reform

A year after the outcry against SOPA, digital technology continues to clash in many ways with current copyright law. Beyond the matter of online copyright infringement, ordinary users find themselves constrained by legal and technical mechanisms that are often based on assumptions about creation and copying that are no longer true in today's world. This panel will look at a few of the problems facing technology users created by copyright law, and explore possible solutions to them.

Moderated by Gigi B. Sohn, President & CEO, Public Knowledge

  • Tom W. Bell, professor of law at Chapman University; author, Copyright Unbalanced
  • Erik Martin, General Manager, Reddit
  • Michael McGeary, Co-Founder, Engine Advocacy
  • Pamela Samuelson, professor of law at Berkeley Law, University of California; Faculty Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology

2:00 - 3:00 pm | Digital First Sale

The first sale doctrine is one of the most important ways that the law reconciles the rights of an author in her works with the rights of a consumer in his property. As more and more media is sold as digital downloads, the line between who owns what can become less clear. Can a user give away his ebook collection? Can another leave her iTunes collection to a descendant in her will? Our panel will describe the challenges that online media bring to digital ownership, and how we can ensure certainty for buyers and sellers of digital goods.

Moderated by Sherwin Siy, VP, Legal Affairs, Public Knowledge

  • Christina Mulligan, Postdoctoral Associate in Law and Kauffman Fellow of the Information Society Project, Yale Law School
  • Andrew Shore, Executive Director, Owners' Rights Initiative
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The Capitol Visitor Center: SVC 201-00
East Capitol Street Northeast
Washington, DC 20004

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (EST)

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