Dancing Baby v. Prince: The Lenz Decision and the Rationale of Shared Responsibility Under the DMCA

When: November 3, 2015 at 6:00pm - 8:00pm EST - This event has passed

Dancing Baby v. Prince:

The Lenz Decision and the
Rationale of Shared Responsibility
Under the DMCA

The Washington, DC Chapter is pleased to host a panel with Terry Hart (Copyright Alliance) and Matt Schruers (Computer & Communications Industry Association), who will place the Lenz v. Universal decision in the broader copyright policy landscape.

In the Ninth Circuit’s recent decision, the court ruled that fair use is a use authorized by law, not merely an affirmative defense. Therefore, in order to comply with the notice requirements of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, copyright owners must consider fair use and form a good faith subjective belief that there is no fair use before requesting a service provider take down content. The discussion will focus on whether and how this recent decision fits with Congress’ intent for copyright owners and Internet service providers to cooperate in addressing online intellectual property theft.

The one hour panel will be followed by a networking reception. Light refreshments and snacks will be served.



Terry Hart is Director of Legal Policy at the Copyright Alliance, a non-profit, non-partisan public interest and educational organization representing creators across the spectrum of copyright disciplines. He represents the Copyright Alliance in all copyright and related policy issues in a variety of forums. He has been published by sites such as SCOTUSBlog and IP Watchdog and has spoken publicly at events such as the Center for Protection of Intellectual Property’s annual fall conference, the Intellectual Property Owner’s annual meeting, and the Fordham IP Conference. Terry also writes Copyhype, a blog started in 2010 and devoted to analysis of copyright law, policy, and history. In 2011, the site was named by the ABA Journal as one of the top 100 law blogs in the U.S. and has been cited in legal publications and online news outlets. He has also provided legal research for Robert Levine’s Free Ride: How digital parasites are destroying the culture business and how the culture business can fight back, published in 2011. Terry earned his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law with a certificate in Intellectual Property and is admitted to the Pennsylvania and D.C. Bars.

Matthew Schruers is Vice President for Law & Policy at the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), where he represents and advises the association on domestic and international policy issues including intellectual property, competition, and trade.  He is also an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and the Georgetown Graduate School Program on Communication, Culture, and Technology (CCT), where he teaches courses on intellectual property. Mr. Schruers joined CCIA from Morrison & Foerster LLP in 2005, where he practiced intellectual property, antitrust, and administrative law.  Mr. Schruers received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served on the editorial board of the Virginia Law Review, and received his B.A. from Duke University.

Sofia Castillo
and Katie Alvarez, Co-Chairs of the CSUSA DC Chapter


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