Upcoming Google hangout on copyright reform

We’ll be hosting a Google Hangout with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Competitive Enterprise Institute to discuss copyright reform on Thursday, June 5, at 3 p.m. ET.

Copyright has long been a source of division among conservatives and libertarians. While some see creative works the same as any other property, and thus a natural right, others argue that copyright is different than traditional property, and that special interests have bloated the copyright system to the point where innovation is stifled. How much copyright is too much? At what point does cronyism trump innovation?

Panelists Tom W. Bell, author of “Intellectual Privilege,” Derek Khanna of R Street, Mitch Stoltz of EFF and Ryan Radia of CEI will debate these issues. We invite you to join the discussion by asking questions through the Hangout at j.mp/copyrighthangout or using the hashtag #iphangout on Twitter.

  • willaLavie

    Hmmm, last time I checked debate included people with opposing views…your “panel” certainly doesn’t seem to fit that bill. I would suggest either not calling it a “debate” or inviting some panelists who can speak to why copyright is fundamental to innovation and copyright infringement “stifles” creators on a daily basis.





    a formal discussion on a particular topic in a public meeting or legislative assembly, in which opposing arguments are put forward.

    synonyms:discussion, discourse, parley, dialogue

  • For an glimpse at what the internet would look life if First Sale Doctrine were extended to ebooks, check out the latest appearance of ebook6 as http://www.epubpdfbook.com These enterprising tech innovators do not pay publishers and authors at all, they simply sell illegally obtained ebooks for half the price that legal vendors sell them for. If First Sale Doctrine were in force, and it were legal to sell “used” ebooks, no one would have any idea whether or not this site were legal, and Amazon bots would have no problem price matching.

  • Copyright does not stifle innovation. It stifles plagiarists, copycats, unimaginative exploiters of other people’s creativity. “Permissionless innovation” is not innovation, it is theft.


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