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Legal Frontiers in Digital Media 2016


The ninth annual conference on emerging legal issues surrounding digital publishing and content distribution


Computer History Museum
Mountain View, CA
May 19th & 20th, 2016

A Joint Conference of

  • Media Law Resource Center
  • The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology

The conference explores emerging legal issues surrounding digital content in today's multi-platform world. The Conference will feature six sessions running from 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, with an early evening reception, through 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 20.



This year's conference will include:

  • Around the Block: New Realities in Ad-Blocked Digital Media  With Ad Blocker software reaching critical mass, both on desktop and on mobile platforms, what will be the impact on a digital media that is so largely driven by advertising revenue?  This session will cover the differences between the different ad-blocking apps, the reasons for their emergence, and how platforms, publishers, advertisers, and consumers are responding to the new environment.
  • Digital Media Meets Data Nationalism: Global Strategies to Cope  By role-playing a series of take-down and user data request scenarios involving the EU, South America and elsewhere--even the US--a panel of experienced digital media counsel/insiders will provide both legal and practical guidance on facing the crazy quilt of challenges posed by national and cross-national demands and conceptions of privacy, security and free speech.
  • Crypto-Controversy: Beyond the San Bernardino iPhone  Our panel of experts will walk through the complex factual questions and legal doctrines raised by the Apple iPhone Unlocking case. The panel will further consider where this case sits in the larger debate between privacy and law enforcement.
  • Lightning Round: Roundup of Key Legal Developments  Our lightning round panel will discuss the key takeaways from new developments in topics critical to clients publishing, monetizing, and utilizing digital content, including: (1) the Lanham Act (including commercialization of online content), (2) the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (including delegation and authorization to access on behalf others), 3) copyrightability (including APIs, and also Batmobiles), and (4) intermediary liability (including Section 230 and related protections).
  • Copyrights and Wrongs: Reforming Copyright Overreach  Copyright law is increasingly being used by aggrieved persons wishing to remove negative or embarrassing content about them from the internet. Be it threatened or actual litigation, and/or DMCA takedown notices -- copyright assertions are often the strongest weapon in the toolbox for those seeking to block or remove unflattering criticism, political speech, photos, and reviews.  This panel will examine the problem of copyright overreach, the limitations of the current laws’ ability to deter inappropriate enforcement of copyright claims, and explore the pros and cons of various proposals to reform the law.
  • Live and Everywhere: Digital Video in the Age of Vine, Snapchat & Periscope   Remarkable advances in technology now allow every person with a smartphone, tablet or GoPro the ability to produce and distribute their own video content, immediately and globally. Among other things, this panel will explore the privacy, copyright and other content liability issues surrounding cheap easy access to live video production and distribution and how entertainment companies and sports leagues are dealing with the livecasting of paid events.


UC Berkeley School of Law certifies that this activity has been approved for 7.75 general hours MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.


Full panel descriptions and scheduled panelists are available on our Curriculum page.


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