Digital Rights Management: Whose Rights Are Being Managed? April 30, 2002
The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee panel event explored the role of Digital Rights Management (DRM) technologies in protecting copyrighted content distributed digitally. The debate detailed whether those DRM tools backed by government polices affect various expectations and uses by content companies, consumers, librarians, researchers, scholars and equipment manufactures. This luncheon event provided a balanced look at the various perspectives on the intellectual property in the digital age debate.
The event opened with comments from Congressmen Bob Goodlatte, co- chair of the Congressional Internet Caucus. Congressman Goodlatte stated, "With the recent economic challenge to this industry, reducing the impact of digital theft becomes even more critical. It is important to review our copyright law and insure they are keeping pace with this evolving marketplace. So this discussion today is absolutely essential." Moderator Jim Lucier of Prudential Securities, introduced the expert panelists which included, Rick Lane of News Corporation, Elizabeth Frazee of AOL Time Warner, Rodney Peterson of University of Maryland, Tim Sheehy of IBM Corporation, Robert Schwartz of McDermott, Will & Emery and Gigi Sohn of Public Knowledge.
This event is hosted in conjunction with the bipartisan Internet Caucus and its Co-Chairs - Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Conrad Burns (R-MT), and Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Rick Boucher (D-VA).