February 17 — Intellectual Property Rights Panel Discussion

Contact: Professor John Stroup (802) 651-5964 or jstroup@champlain.edu

Interactive Panel Discussion: Intellectual Property Rights and Censorship of the Web: SOPA, PIPA, and the Public Interest

When and Where: 2-3:15 p.m., Hauke Conference Room

Discussion:  If the recent shut down of Wikipedia caught your attention, then you want to mark your calendar for the panel discussion on intellectual property Friday, February 17 between 2 and 3:30 in the Hauke Lounge.  How should we balance the right to information on an accessible internet without violating the legitimate rights of creative artists and others?  A stellar panel of Champlain faculty and library staff will be joined by a representative from Senator Leahy’s Judiciary Committee staff for a detailed discussion of all the issues involved.  PIPA and SOPA are the acronyms of the two bills introduced in Congress recently that sparked the boycott by Wikipedia and other on-line sources.  This will be your chance to hear informed discussion and to ask questions about a topic that will affect YOU no matter how it’s resolved.  The capacity of the Hauke Lounge is limited, so come early.  You’ll be done in time to make it to the International Peace lecture next door in the auditorium immediately following the panel discussion.

Panelists include Andrew Burkhardt, Bob Selby, Jonathan Ferguson, Rob Barracano, John Stroup and a staffer from the Judiciary Committee chaired by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).

Snacks will be served!

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