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Tuesday, March 15 • 9:30am - 10:30am
The Epic Fail of BitTorrent Indie Film Lawsuits

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The U.S. Copyright Group has quietly targeted tens of thousands BitTorrent users for legal action in federal court in Washington DC. The defendants, all Does, are accused of having downloaded independent films such as "Far Cry," "Steam Experiment," and "The Hurt Locker" without authorization. What is the U.S. Copyright Group? How are they suing so many people? What should you do if you're sued? If you're a movie fan, should you be worried? If you're the producer of an independent film, should you be suing your fans? We're going to find out. LEVEL: Beginner

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Eva Galperin

ActivistElectronic Frontier FoundationA lifelong geek, Eva misspent her youth working as a Systems Administrator all over Silicon Valley. Since then, she has seen the error of her ways and earned degrees in Political Science and International Relations from SFSU. She comes to EFF... Read More →
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Charles Mudd

Principal & AttorneyMudd Law OfficesCharles Lee Mudd Jr. has operated his own law firm since 2001. In the last nine years, the firm has grown to become an internationally recognized diversified practice providing representation to a clientele comprised of local, national, and international... Read More →
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Julie Samuels

Exec DirEngine AdvocacyJulie Samuels, a Staff Attorney and the Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents at EFF, focuses on intellectual property issues. Before joining EFF, Julie litigated IP and entertainment cases in Chicago at Loeb & Loeb and Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal... Read More →

Tuesday March 15, 2011 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
Austin Convention Center, Room 18ABCD