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Law & Information Society Symposium: Intermediaries in the Information Society

Date(s): 03.27.09 Fri
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Location: McNally Amphitheatre
Sponsor: Center on Law and Information Policy

This symposium will explore the legal issues faced by internet intermediaries and their impact on society.

8:30 9:00 Registration

9:00 9:15 Welcome

9:15 10:45
Panel 1: Content and CDA Immunity

When do and when should intermediaries receive immunity for user content under the Communications Decency Act. Panelists will discuss the status of CDA immunity, the standard for when an intermediary can be deemed a content provider after the and Craigslist cases, and whether the CDA immunity should be modified.

Moderator: Olivier Sylvain, Visiting Assistant Professor, Fordham Law School

Eric Goldman, Associate Professor of Law & Director of the High Tech Law Institute, Santa Clara University School of Law
Samir Jain, Partner, WilmerHale
Nancy Kim, Associate Professor of Law, California Western School of Law & Visiting Associate Professor, Rady School of Management, University of California, San Diego
Rebecca Tushnet, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

10:45 11:00 Break

11:00 12:30
Panel 2: Why is Tiffany Blue? 3rd-Party Liability and the eBay Cases

Should online auction house or other third parties be responsible for the sale of counterfeit goods? Panelists will address the ongoing series of attempts in the United States and Europe to extend the scope of vicarious liability and contributory infringement, as well as related issues

Moderator: Susan Scafidi, Visiting Professor of Law, Fordham School of Law

William R. Engles, Jr., Chief Financial Officer, Portero, Inc.
Frederick Felman, Chief Marketing Officer, MarkMonitor
Joseph C. Gioconda, Partner, DLA Piper USA LLP
Randi W. Singer, Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
James B. Swire, Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP

12:30 2:30 Lunch and Panel Discussion (Room 430)
Panel 3: The Social Impact of Intermediaries

What impact do intermediaries have on society and culture? Panelist will discuss the ways intermediaries have changed how information is created and communicated and the ways that intermediaries may impact the future of the information society.

Moderator: Joel R. Reidenberg, Associate Chief Academic Officer & Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Fordham University; Professor of Law and Director of CLIP, Fordham Law School

Jack M. Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment & Director of The Information Society Project, Yale Law School
Dan L. Burk, Founding Faculty, University of California - Irvine School of Law
Helen Nissenbaum, Professor of Media, Culture & Communication & Senior Fellow of the Information Law Institute, New York University
Mike Yang, Managing Product Counsel, Google, Inc.

2:30 4:00
Panel 4: Intermediaries as Legal Filters

Should intermediaries be used to filter information? What impact will filtering methods such as deep packet inspection have on immunity and liability for intermediaries? Panelists will examine requirements for ISPs to block access to sites containing material deemed illegal, explore filtering done for business reasons, and consider a range of filtering purposes from censoring speech to combating child pornography to ranking search results.

Moderator: Rob Frieden, Pioneers Chair and Professor of Telecommunications and Law, Penn State University

Dr. Ian Brown, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute & Honorary Senior Lecturer, University College London
Wendy Gordon, Visiting Professor of Law, Fordham Law School; Philip S. Beck Professor of Law & Paul J. Liacos School in Law, Boston University School of Law
Dawn C. Nunziato, Associate Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School
James Grimmelmann, Associate Professor of Law, New York Law School

4:00 4:15 Break

4:15 5:30
Panel 5: Practical Tips for Advising Intermediaries

Practitioners provide guidance about things to be aware of when advising intermediaries.

Moderator: Thomas D. Halket, Attorney and Chartered Arbitrator, Halket & Weitz LLP

Ian C. Ballon, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig
Paul Gupta, Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Jay Westermeier, Of Counsel, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

5:30 6:30 Cocktail Reception

Registration Fees:

$30 (no CLE), or
$140 (with CLE credit)

(A reduced rate of $90 is available for public interest attorneys, Fordham Law alumni and academics seeking CLE credit.)


CLE Credits: 7
Contact: Luciana Hall
Telephone: (212) 636-6945
Fax: (212) 636-6984

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