Tuesday, June 06, 2000

Time for a little Napster

New York was bearing down under torrential rains while there was bustling activity safe inside the buildings. In the Main Amphitheatre at the School of Visual Arts, Steven Masur, Esq., Masur & Associates moderated a panel on "Protecting Your Intellectual Property From Pirates And Profiteers On The Internet" on June 6. Questions like "What rights do you have to material you have created for someone else's website?" and "Would you like to hear a better-reasoned analysis of the issues surrounding Napster and Gnutella than the self-interested knee-jerk responses of Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Edgar Bronfman, Jr. (Universal) or the Napster founders?" were thrown around and discussed by illustrious speakers like Orrie Dinstein, Esq., King & Spalding; Moira A. Crouch, Esq., Masur & Associates; Adam I. Cohen, Esq., Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP; John Rigos, Idealab.com and co-founder of Cductive.com; Kevin Cunningham, Shape of Time Intellectual Property and John Perry Barlow, Cognitive Dissident, co-founder & vice chairman, Electronic Frontier Foundation.