We are delighted that local tech lawyer and media darling Christina Gagnier will be teaching Privacy and Security Law next semester at UCI Law. If you have room in your schedule, you should seriously consider it!
Today was a pretty great day to be an #anteater. UCI was named one of the 10 best public institutions in the nation, and our colleague Vicki Ruiz was awarded a National Humanities Medal by President Obama. Zot zot zot!
Professor Lerner is quoted in this excellent piece about the Garcia v. Google ruling.
The Washington Post writes about the DMCA exemption that IPAT is seeking on behalf of International Documentary Association, Kartemquin Films, and thousands of filmmakers everywhere. Among other things, they mention a terrific blog post that IPAT students Aaron Benmark ’16, Kyle Reynolds ’15, and Rahul Sajnani ’16 wrote for the IDA’s website.
WaPo writes: “There are few who deny that piracy is a bad thing or that the government shouldn’t crack down on those who sell pirated DVDs or make available for download films currently in the theater. But the law should focus on punishing that activity rather than crippling the ability of would-be artists to practice their form.”
We agree. Fortunately, Congress set up a process that can provide some relief—a year-long rulemaking process in which commenters can propose exemptions. It’s a long slog, but short of Congressional action, it’s about all we can do.
Kartemquin Films writes: “‘Should the creative class really have to fight this silly battle every three years?’ The answer is no! But we’re fighting again, alongside the International Documentary Association and UCI Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic and others, for the rights of all filmmakers. Let’s hope this tide continues to turn our way!”
See WaPo Article to learn more. Photo taken from link.