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Elizabeth Stark – Copyright and Takedowns in the Video Age: YouTube, DMCA, and Free Speech

Thursday, April 1, 2010
12:30 pm


Sherrerd Hall, 3rd floor open space
Princeton, NJ 08544 United States + Google Map

Food at 12:30 pm. Discussion begins at 12:45 pm. Everyone invited.

In this talk Elizabeth will explore the role of copyright and the DMCA 512 safe harbor given the increasing prominence of online video in our society. She will assess the applicability of the DMCA takedown provisions, designed for a world of Geocities, in an age where video can go viral within a matter of minutes. In particular, she will make the case that certain provisions of the law no longer make sense in the video age. Elizabeth will argue that the DMCA as it stands facilitates temporary censorship, and propose several ways to counteract the potential blocking of fair uses and other noninfringing works. Lastly, she will look at fingerprinting technologies such as YouTube’s Content ID, and how such extra-legal systems may suppress free speech in online video.


Elizabeth Stark is a leader in the global free culture movement. She is a Visiting Fellow at the Yale Information Society Project, a Lecturer in Computer Science at Yale University, and a Knight Media Policy Fellow at the New America Foundation. Elizabeth is a co-founder of the Open Video Alliance, and producer of the Open Video Conference, whose inaugural event garnered nearly 9000 participants in person and across the web. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Stark founded the Harvard Free Culture Group and served on the board of directors of Students for Free Culture. While at Harvard, she was Editor-at-Large of the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, and worked with the Harvard Advocates for Human Rights to make better use of new media to promote human rights. Elizabeth spent years researching for the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard, and has taught courses ranging from Cyberlaw to Intellectual Property to Technology & Politics to Electronic Music. Elizabeth regularly gives talks around the world on free culture, and has collaborated with myriad organizations on promoting shared knowledge and the open web. She is currently authoring a book examining the value of the abundance versus the scarcity of culture in the digital age. Elizabeth has lived and worked in Berlin, Singapore, Paris, and Rio de Janeiro, and speaks French, German, and Portuguese.