NEWS ADVISORY: Piracy, Liberty and the Internet Panel Discussion at Pace April 30

The Internet provides a seemingly unlimited supply of information and entertainment. While most people support both free flowing information and protection of intellectual property, bills in the House and Senate, commonly known as SOPA and PIPA, have become controversial leading to heated debate. Pace University will hold a panel discussion on April 30 at 5:00pm at One Pace Plaza in the Student Union with experts from both sides debating the issue.

 

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PIRACY, LIBERTY AND THE INTERNET PANEL DISCUSSION AT PACE UNIVERSITY APRIL 30TH  

NEW YORK, NY, April 23, 2012 – The Internet provides a seemingly unlimited supply of information and entertainment.  While most people support both free flowing information and protection of intellectual property, bills in the House and Senate, commonly known as SOPA and PIPA, have become controversial leading to heated debate. Pace University will hold a panel discussion on April 30 at 5:00pm at One Pace Plaza in the Student Union with experts from both sides debating the issue.

WHAT: SOPA and PIPA Panel Discussion, with a balance of experts in favor and against. Pace computer science professor and department chair Darren Hayes will moderate.

WHEN: Monday, April 30, 2012 5:00-6:30pm.

WHERE: Pace University, One Pace Plaza, NY, NY, Student Union.

WHO: Panelists include Thomas M. Dailey, Verizon Corporation; Stanley Pierre-Louis, Viacom Inc.; Stephanie Furgang Adwar, Furgang and Adwar, L.L.P.; and Jim Mahoney, American Association of Independent Music (A2IM).

The event is free and open to the public. Media admission by press pass. Check-in will begin at 4:30pm. For more information contact Michael D’Angelo, Criminal Justice Society President, at Md72618n@pace.edu or Pace criminal justice professor Susan Herman at sherman2@pace.edu or 212-346-1829.

This event was organized by students from Pace’s Criminal Justice Society and is co-sponsored by three schools at Pace – the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems and the Lubin School of Business.

Background: The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is a United States bill in the House introduced by U.S. Representative Lamar S. Smith (R-TX) to fight online trafficking of copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods. The bill would allow legal action ordering advertising networks and payment processors to stop conducting business with infringing websites, stop search engines from linking to such sites and requiring Internet service providers to block access to the sites. The law would include unauthorized streaming of copyrighted content, imposing a maximum penalty of five years in prison. The PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) is a similar bill in the U.S. Senate.

Proponents of the legislation claim it will protect intellectual property and revenue and that it is necessary for enforcement of copyright laws, especially against foreign websites. Opponents state the proposed legislation threatens free speech, is censorship of the Web and violates the First Amendment.

Panelists

Thomas M. Dailey, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Verizon Corporation

Thomas Dailey is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Verizon where he is chief counsel to Verizon’s Global Strategy organization.  Dailey serves as lead Internet counsel responsible for developing Verizon’s U.S. and global Internet policies and practices in areas including anti-piracy, content regulation, data protection, security, online safety and privacy.  He oversees the legal team responsible for the acquisition of programming content for Verizon’s FiOS TV and multi-platform content delivery services.

Dailey is the Chair of the Center for Copyright Information, the organization created by the memorandum of understanding announced in 2011 between movie and music copyright owners and major U.S. Internet service providers. He also serves as chairman emeritus and is a member of the board of directors of the U.S. Internet Service Provider Association.  Dailey has testified multiple times before the U.S. Congress and various state legislatures on Internet safety, security and anti-piracy issues, including most recently before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the Protect IP Act, and he is a frequent panelist on Internet issues internationally.

Stanley Pierre-Louis, Vice President and Associate General Counsel Intellectual Property and Content Protection, Viacom Inc.

Stanley Pierre-Louis is Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property and Content Protection at Viacom Inc.  He is responsible for developing strategies to protect digital content, managing major intellectual property litigation and leading other IP-related legal initiatives for Viacom and its brands, which include MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, Country Music Television, Spike TV, TV Land, LOGO, BET, and Paramount Pictures.

Prior to joining Viacom, Pierre-Louis was co-chair of the Entertainment and Media Law Group at Kaye Scholer L.L.P., concentrating on intellectual property counseling and litigation. Pierre-Louis previously was Senior Vice President for Legal Affairs at the Recording Industry Association of America, where he led several copyright litigations, including against MP3.com, Napster and Aimster as well as the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case MGM Studios v. Grokster, which resulted in favor of the film and music industries.

Pierre-Louis is a graduate of Clark University and earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he served on the Board of Editors of the University of Chicago Law Review.  He currently serves on several boards and legal committees, including on the Board of Directors of the Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education and on the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago Department of Music.

Stephanie Furgang Adwar, Founding Partner, Furgang and Adwar, L.L.P.

Stephanie Furgang Adwar is a founding partner of Furgang and Adwar, L.L.P. concentrating in entertainment, trademark, copyright and unfair competition law. Adwar represents clients in the entertainment field including recording labels, musicians, film companies, screenwriters, producers, TV personalities, actors, comedians, authors and TV production companies.

Adwar lectures on entertainment law at New York University (NYU). She has lectured for The Learning Annex, the 92nd Street Y, the American Bar Association – Forum on Entertainment and Sports Law, Diversafest (Dfest) Music Festival, Composer Expo East, Cutting Edge Music Festival, and elsewhere. Adwar has appeared on ABC News “Nightline” and has been quoted in other news media as an expert in entertainment, copyright and trademark law.

She serves on the Advisory Board of the International Music Festival Conference. She is a member of: the Recording Academy, Entertainment Law Initiative/Grammy Foundation, New York State Bar Association (Entertainment and Sports Law Committee), Rockland County Bar Association, New York Women in Film and Television, and the American Film Institute. She serves on the board of the International Music Festival Conference (IMFCON) and for The Colleagues Theatre Company. She is a graduate of Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film and Television Production from NYU.

Jim Mahoney, Vice President, American Association of Independent Music (A2IM)

Jim Mahoney is Vice President of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM; www.a2im.org) a non-profit trade organization representing U.S. independent music companies.  He has spent nearly 20 years working in senior management capacities entirely within the independent music sector.  Prior to joining A2IM in 2007, Mahoney served a seven year stint as president of Fat Beats, a tastemaker hip-hop company that operated a music label, a wholesale distribution company, and several retail locations. Earlier in his career, Mahoney held posts as senior director of urban product development at Roadrunner Records and national director of marketing and promotions at Profile Records.

About Pace University: For 105 years Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

 

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