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Published on Apr 25, 2012

An Introduction to Hacking the Act: Why Do SOPA and PIPA Matter?

Most of us know the story. Two iterations of a bill (SOPA/PIPA) were introduced in Congress, both designed to increase the scope of enforcement mechanisms against "sites dedicated to infringing activities." But when push came to shove, and when both houses were getting ready to vote on their respective bills, a unified protest of web users and content creators tabled congressional action.

The SOPA/PIPA controversy was an inspiration for the Legal Hackathon. Specifically, it compelled us to ask whether stakeholder-collaborative discussion on these issues would have changed the public reaction. But first, we have to ask what about these bills rubbed protesters the wrong way. This panel frames the discussion: why do SOPA and PIPA matter? What needs to be fixed in IP policy, if anything? And how can we fix these problems?

Moderator: Prof. Derek Bambauer
Speakers: Amyt Eckstein, Michael Mandiberg, Lon Jacobs, Eriq Gardner, Wendy Seltzer

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