On Monday, December 12, 2011, a panel of IP experts and commentators offered their answers and insights into these compelling issues at the Knight Studio in the Newseum in Washington, DC. Cecilia Kang, national technology reporter for the Washington Post helped connect the “wonky” aspects of IP law (as she called it) to people’s real lives and such technology-related concerns as privacy and piracy.
“It’s hard to get the general public and consumer groups really jazzed up about a policy issue when it comes to technology, but this one has,” Kang told CCC’s Chris Kenneally. “Anti-piracy [legislative proposals have] really brought together brought voices from [a number of] consumer group communities, and I think that there is a lot of empathy for both sides. Yes, we need to protect content, but how can we get there in a way where the right people are liable for when there is illegal trade of copyrighted and protected content?”