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Privacy & Piracy: The Paradox of Illegal File Sharing on Peer-to-Peer Networks and the Impact of Technology on the Entertainment Industry

Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations

Location: G-50, Dirksen Senate Office Building

Agenda

The Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations held a hearing entitled "Privacy & Piracy: The Paradox of Illegal File Sharing on Peer-to-Peer Networks and the Impact of Technology on the Entertainment Industry."  At the September 30th hearing, the Subcommittee heard testimony regarding the music industry’s initial salvo of copyright infringement lawsuits and its amnesty program; what steps the music industry is taking besides litigation to preserve its intellectual property in this digital age; whether those steps unduly infringe upon consumers’ privacy rights; how peer-to-peer networks plan to move from a business model predicated upon stealing copyrighted works to a business model based upon trading licensed music, movies and software; how the illegal trading of copyrighted works has hurt the music industry; and how to inform and educate a whole generation of children and young adults that trading copyrighted music on peer-to-peer networks is illegal.

Witnesses

Panel 1

  • The Honorable  Barbara Boxer
    United States Senator (D-CA)

Panel 2

  • Mitch Bainwol
    Chairman & CEO
    Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
    Washington, DC
  • Jack Valenti
    President & CEO
    Motion Picture Association (MPA)
    Washington, D.C.
  • LL Cool J
    Recording Artist
  • Mike Negra
    President
    Mikes Video, Inc.
    State College, Pennsylvania
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Panel 3

  • Alan Morris
    Executive Director
    Sharman Networks Limited (Parent Co. of KaZaA)
    Australia/England/Vanuatu
  • Derek Broes
    Executive Vice President
    Altnet
    Woodland Hills, California
  • Chris Gladwin
    Founder & Chief Operating Officer
    FullAudio Corporation
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Lorriane Sullivan
    Recipient of RIAA Subpoena and Target of RIAA Lawsuit
    Target of RIAA Lawsuit
    New York, New York
  • Chuck D
    Recording Artist, Author, Activist
    Los Angeles, California

Panel 4

  • Jonathan D. Moreno
    Director, Center for Biomedical Ethics
    University of Virginia
    Charlottesville, Virginia
  • James DeLong
    Senior Fellow and Director
    Center for the Study of Digital Property, The Progress & Freedom Foundation
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