Cut Them Some Slack-tivism

Alexis Ohanian

This is not over, but January 18th was a watershed event for online activism. There’s much more work to be done, but let’s talk about what a few months of activism (SOPA/PIPA) and a few years of entrepreneurship (reddit, breadpig, hipmunk) have taught me about what we can do with our series of tubes.

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Alexis Ohanian is the co-founder of the social news website reddit. As "one of the more passionate and audacious young entrepreneurs in tech," Alexis has helped lead the charge to keep the Internet open in face of overreaching IP legislation introduced in the U.S. Congress over the past year. In addition to his role with reddit, Alexis founded Breadpig, an uncorporation that creates and sells geeky things and contributes their profits to good causes. He also helped launch the travel search company hipmunk, serves as the Ambassador to the East for Y Combinator, and is an angel investor at Das Kapital Capital.

The Proactive Agenda: What Does It Look Like?

Mike Masnick (Techdirt), Mike McGeary (Engine Advocacy), Nicole Ozer (ACLU of Northern California)

Mike Masnick will lead a brainstorming workshop on what a positive IP agenda looks like: this two-hour brainstorming session will consist of a few thought-provoking presentations upfront, followed by breakout brainstorming sessions where small groups will seek to create key elements of a proactive agenda on intellectual property. At the end, we’ll regroup and share the different ideas each group discussed.

Mike Masnick is the founder and CEO of Techdirt, one of the most widely read blogs on technology news and other tech-related issues. He is also the founder and CEO of Floor64 and a contributor to BusinessWeek’s Business Exchange

Mike McGeary is the co-founder and Director of Engine Advocacy, a working group of people in the entrepreneurial sector working to connect those leaders with government to effect change on issues important to high-growth entrepreneurial tech businesses. He is also a Strategist at Hattery Labs, a San Francisco-based seed stage venture fund and creative consultancy.

Nicole Ozer is the Technology and Civil Liberties Policy Director at the ACLU of Northern California. She works on the intersection of new technology, privacy, and free speech and is spearheading the organizations new online privacy campaign, Demand your dotRights. Prior to joining the ACLU, Nicole was an IP attorney at Morrison & Foerster LLP.

Trademark Bullies, Transnational Boundaries, and Anti-Brand Activism

Sonia Katyal (Fordham Law School), Jonathan McIntosh (Rebellious Pixels), Corynne McSherry (Electronic Frontier Foundation), Talha Syed (Berkeley Law)

Patent and copyright trolls get a lot of press, but trademark bullies can be just as bad. This session runs down how they operate, who they target, and how anti-brand activists can fight back against TM claims. We’ll also look at some exciting current projects by pop culture hacker Jonathan McIntosh and discuss the sorts of legal, strategic and cultural questions they raise.

Sonia Katyal is a Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law, where she teaches in the areas of IP, property, and civil rights. Prior to joining the faculty at Fordham, Professor Katyal was an associate specializing in IP litigation at Covington & Burling.

Jonathan McIntosh is a pop culture hacker and transformative storyteller, and an outspoken advocate of fair use and open video standards. He has been remixing mass media narratives for critical purposes since before the invention of YouTube, and his online videos have been recommended by people like Roger Ebert and celebrated by people like Lawrence Lessig.

Corynne McSherry is Intellectual Property Director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, specializing in IP and free speech issues. Prior to joining EFF, Corynne was a civil litigator at Bingham McCutchen, LLP.

Talha Syed is an Assistant Professor of Law at Berkeley Law. His current research focuses on patents and alternative innovation policies for pharmaceuticals, health care allocation and distribution, and normative legal theory.