Experts on Peer2Peer File Sharing Discuss Myth vs. Reality

Posted: October 26, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

More than 400 George Mason University students have received notices in the past two years to uninstall their sharing software in order to comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Most wondered what they had done wrong. A panel of music industry, government, and information technology experts will answer that question and others during a discussion at the Johnson Center Cinema tomorrow from 2 to 4 p.m.

“You Can Click, but You Can’t Hide” is the title of the panel discussion of the concerns surrounding peer-to-peer file sharing in higher education. Panelists will address several sides of the issue during brief introductory remarks.

Rosemary Chase, university copyright officer and DMCA agent, will moderate the panel, which will include:

  • Mitch Glazier, senior vice president, government relations, and legislative counsel, representing the Recording Industry Association of America

  • Fritz Attaway, executive vice president and head of the Washington office of the Motion Picture Association of America

  • Jon Dudas, deputy under secretary of commerce for intellectual property and deputy director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. Department of Commerce

  • Jonathan Band, representing the American Library Association

  • Robert Hunter, from the Entertainment Software Association

  • Josh Weiner, director of student community, Ruckus Networking

  • John Hanks, senior manager of Network Engineering and Operations in the Technology Systems Division of the Information Technology Unit (ITU), George Mason

  • Robert Nakles, director of the Project Management Office, ITU, George Mason

  • Brian Walther, associate university counsel, Office of University Counsel, George Mason

The discussion is sponsored by the University Libraries’ Copyright Office and the Communication Department. Steve Klein, instructor and coordinator of the electronic journalism minor, organized the program.

In addition, the university’s Copyright Office will present “Sex, Lies, and File Sharing: P2P Theory Versus Practice” on Thursday, Oct. 28, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., and again on Monday, Nov. 1, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center Conference Room 311. Topics of discussion will focus on all aspects of file sharing, including most recent legislation, as well as important facts to know to avoid criminal prosecution. These workshops are geared toward students, faculty, and staff. To register, click here.

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