Moderated by Doug Lichtman, Professor of Law, UCLA; Scholar in Residence, Loeb & Loeb LLP
- Stacey Byrnes, Sr. Vice President, Intellectual Property Counsel, NBC Universal
- Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University
- Barry Slotnick, Partner and Chair, Intellectual Property and Entertainment Litigation Practice Group, Loeb & Loeb LLP
YouTube is currently in the early stages of defending itself against charges that it should be held accountable for copyright-infringing materials posted by its user community. One decision sure to be cited in that fight is the recent decision in IO Group v. Veoh, where a magistrate judge interpreted the DMCA "safe harbor" provisions such that they were deemed to protect a website with at least some similarities to the YouTube site. In this program, we will use Veoh as a launching point to think about the relevant legal and public policy frameworks, considering those issues both from the perspective of rights-holders, who want to pressure these sites to help enforce copyright, and from the perspective of the hosting websites, who might for business and practical reasons prefer to be minimally involved in policing user content.