Will Copyright Law Kill Startups & Innovation?

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Mozilla San Francisco

2 Harrison Street · San Francisco, CA

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On the Embarcadero side. Please check in at the front door.

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From SOPA/PIPA, to killing APIs, copyright law is increasingly being used in ways that harm startups and innovation. An issue brought to everyone's attention in the Federal Circuit’s decision in Oracle vs. Google (https://www.eff.org/cases/oracle-v-google), a case with huge potential impact on startups and the innovation ecosystem, from private platforms to government data.

Join Startup Policy Lab (http://www.startuppolicylab.org), Creative Commons (http://creativecommons.org/), Hackers/ Founders (http://hf.cx), and Mozilla (https://advocacy.mozilla.org) for a panel on Copyright Law and the challenges to innovation. The panel will discuss some of the most critical issues (and opportunities) startups face as they grapple with the politics & policies of copyright law.

Huge Thank You to Mozilla for hosting and providing drinks and food!

Free to attend, please RSVP. Thank you.

Critical topics to discuss include.

• SOPA / PIPA: why it still matters to startups

• Oracle vs Google: are API's copyrightable & what options exist for startups?

• DMCA(Digital Millennium Copyright Act): what do startups need to know to protect themselves.


Timothy Vollmer (http://creativecommons.org/staff#timothyvollmer). Manager, Public Policy at Creative Commons.

Chris Riley (https://www.linkedin.com/in/mchrisriley). Senior Policy Engineer at Mozilla.

Andrew Bridges (http://www.fenwick.com/professionals/pages/andrewbridges.aspx). Partner at Fenwick & West.

Jonathan Nelson (http://hf.cx/about/team). CEO & founder at Hackers/Founders.