State of Things
12:06 pm
Fri August 19, 2011

Protecting Intellectual Property

When Congress reconvenes after Labor Day, it will have the opportunity to consider a major expansion of online antipiracy law. The Protect-IP Act, which passed unanimously out of a Senate committee in May, would allow the government to seek a court order against a Web site allegedly violating copyright – and that site could then be entirely removed from the Internet. Industry groups including the Motion Picture Association of America and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce support the bill, but consumer rights groups and free speech advocates oppose it as a threat to a free and open Internet.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Elon School of Law assistant professor David Levine, who wrote a letter to Congress signed by over 100 intellectual property and cyberlaw scholars, urging lawmakers to reject the Protect-IP Act in its current form.

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