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Radio Berkman 236: Star Wars vs Copyright

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“George Lucas built a whole new industry with Star Wars.” says Peter S. Menell, devoted science fiction fan and a professor at the UC Berkeley School of Law, who studies copyright and intellectual property law. “But what funds that remarkable company is their ways of using copyright.”

And he’s right. A third of the profits LucasFilm pulls in from Star Wars has come from merchandising alone. Not ticket sales, not DVDs, not video games or books. Toys, clothes, and weird tie-ins like tauntaun sleeping bags and wookie hair conditioner.

But fans of Star Wars, and other stratospherically profitable creative universes, increasingly like to become creators within those universes. They write books, they make costumes, they direct spinoffs and upload them to YouTube.

And sometimes they make money.

How does law come into play when fans start to reinterpret intellectual property? We sat down with Menell to see where the tensions lie between the law, the courts, and the George Lucases of the world.

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David Szesztay “Morning One”
Broke For Free “Something Elated”

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Susan Crawford on Why the Right Digital Decisions Will Make America Strong [AUDIO]

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The U.S. still lags behind much of the developed world in terms of the speed and density of its internet infrastructure. In the 21st Century this disparity in access to high speed internet could stand as a critical challenge to competitiveness in many areas, from industry and commerce, to healthcare and education, to civic life and culture.

In this conversation, Susan Crawford — John A. Reilly Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and a co-director of the Berkman Center — discusses the potential futures we face as we consider how to invest in the wires that bring us our internet.

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Jon Penney on “Chilling Effects”: Insights on How Laws and Surveillance Impact People Online [AUDIO]

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With Internet censorship and mass surveillance on the rise globally, understanding regulatory “chilling effects” — the idea that laws, regulations, or state surveillance can deter people from exercising their freedoms or engaging in entirely legal activities — has thus today, in our Post-Snowden world, taken on greater urgency and public importance.

In this talk, Jon Penney — doctoral candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford (Balliol College), and a research fellow at the Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto — fills in some of the gaps in our understanding of chilling effects online. Through discussion of three empirical legal case studies — one on surveillance-related chilling effects and Wikipedia, a second on the impact of the DMCA’s copyright enforcement scheme, and a third survey-based study on “chilling effect scenarios” — Jon offers insights into the nature and scale of regulatory chilling effects online.

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Alan Weinberger on Three Decades of IT Channel Evolution and the Continued Importance of Small IT Companies [AUDIO]

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In this talk, Alan Weinberger — founder of The ASCII Group, Inc. and Harvard Law School alum — addresses the development of the information technology marketplace over the past three decades and the continued importance of small IT companies.

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Peter S. Menell: Copyright Law Year in Review [AUDIO]

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What ties together cheerleader outfits, monkey selfies, the Batmobile, a chicken sandwich, Yoga, and Yoda? In this talk, Professor Peter S. Menell — Koret Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of Law and a Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology — provides an exhilarating copyright year in review.

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A Burglar’s Guide to the City: On Architecture and Crime [AUDIO]

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The relationship between burglary and architecture is far from abstract. While it is easy to focus merely on questions of how burglars use or abuse the built environment — looking for opportunities of illicit entrance — burglary, in fact, requires architecture. It is an explicitly spatial crime, one that cannot exist without a threshold to cross, without “the magic of four walls,” as at least one legal theorist has written.

In this talk Geoff Manaugh — author of the new book A Burglar’s Guide to the City, — discusses more than 2000 years’ worth of heists and break-ins, shedding light on everything from the complicated legal definition of an interior space, to the everyday tools burglars use to gain entry.

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Sanna Kulevska & Michael Rustad: Reconceptualizing Right to Be Forgotten for TransAtlantic Data Flow [AUDIO]

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In October 2015, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) struck down the U.S./EU Safe Harbor agreement that enabled data to be freely transferred from Europe to the United States. In February 2016, the EU/U.S. Privacy Shield was proposed as a replacement. These developments demonstrate some of the ways the European Union’s far-reaching Right to be Forgotten (RTBF) is posing legal, economic, and cultural challenges for the U.S. and its EU trading partners.

In this talk Sanna Kulevska — who works on Internet law issues at the Legal Department of Google’s European Headquarters in Dublin — and Michael L. Rustad — author and Co-Director of the Intellectual Property Law Program at Suffolk University Law School — lead a discussion of the legal dilemmas that policymakers face in walking the tight rope between the Scylla of constraining the right of expression and the Charybdis of diminishing an individual’s right to control their personal data. The authors will use current case studies of takedown requests from Google to provide context for their discussion of how a Safe Harbor 2.0 might achieve the proper balance between expression and privacy.

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Sean Kanuck on Deterrence and Arms Control in Cyberspace [AUDIO]

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For four years running, the Director of National Intelligence’s Worldwide Threat Assessment to Congress has led with cyber threats to national and international security. Under statute, the several National Intelligence Officers constitute the most senior advisors of the US Intelligence Community in their areas of expertise.

In this discussion, Sean Kanuck — National Intelligence Officer (NIO) for Cyber Issues within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and former senior analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency’s Information Operations Center — highlights the technology trends that are transforming cybersecurity and the future of intelligence. Assessing strategic developments in international relations and its implications for deterring malicious activity in cyberspace, his analysis focuses on the (in) applicability of existing arms control mechanisms and deterrence principles to modern information and communication technologies.

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Radio Berkman 235: The Rise and Tumble of the Tumblr Teen

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In her article “The Secret Lives of Tumblr Teens,” Elspeth Reeve tells the stories of some of Tumblr’s most popular bloggers — kids who started their blogs in high school, made a ton of money, and then inexplicably disappeared.

In this episode we talk to Reeve about what she discovered when she went looking for these teens and what that can tell you about Tumblr and the teenage child stars of the Internet.

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Daniel Dennis Jones and Elizabeth Gillis
Music by
Dave Depper (“Rare Groove,” “Sharpie,” “Heartstrings”), Podington Bear (“Golden Hour”) and Anitek (“Beta Blocker”)

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Dries Buytaert on The Big Reverse of the Web: Are Our Policies and Standards Ready? [AUDIO]

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We’re on the cusp of the next wave of the web, where information will come to people, versus people seeking it out. This “big reverse” of the web poses all sorts of issues: ranging from policy, to personal privacy, to standardization across devices.

In this talk Dries Buytaert — open Source developer, and founder and project lead of Drupal — discusses what it will take to navigate a web that doesn’t look or feel anything like what we know today.

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