The International Online Piracy panel featured panelists Noam Dromi, Dr. John Richardson Jr., Nat Segaloff and Danielle Van Lier. This event was co-sponsored by the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations, The Generation and the Undergraduate International Relations Society (UIRS).
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ABOUT THE PANEL
This panel was meant to spur discussion about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) pieces of legislation, the first which aimed to expand the ability of U.S. law enforcement to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods before it was stopped in late January of 2012, and the second – a multinational treaty for the purpose of establishing international standards for intellectual property rights enforcement, to target counterfeit goods, generic medicines and copyright infringement on the Internet.
Reza Hessabi, UCLA student and co-editor of The-Generation newsmagazine (www.the-generation.net), moderated the discussion.
ABOUT THE PANELISTS
NOAM DROMI is a media executive specializing in cross platform communications programs for corporations, brands & entertainment companies. He currently serves as VP, Biz Dev for SocialType, digital media strategist for Alcon Entertainment and SVP, Interactive Marketing and Social Media for New Medici where he consults for a range of clients. He previously served as the Executive Producer & Sr. VP of New Media for CMP, a film and television advertising agency where he was responsible for overseeing digital media strategy on behalf of the firm's clients as well as developing & producing original programming. From 2001-2003, Mr. Dromi served as the Senior Vice President of Content Development for Mandalay Branded Entertainment (MBE). Noam & his team developed cross platform media programs for clients including Health South Corporation, Miller Brewing Company, Yahoo & Nokia. In addition to his new media and marketing professional responsibilities he's the co-founder of the production company NoCo Media Group & has produced the films A Place to Live & Mad Skills. He co-hosts the award winning podcast MIPtalk - Conversations with the World's Most Interesting People (www.miptalk.com). He also co-wrote the recent Warner Bros/Alcon Entertainment film Dolphin Tale.
JOHN V. RICHARDSON JR. has served the UCLA community for more than thirty years as a professor of information studies. He has guided dozens of graduate students into print. At the moment, Dr. Richardson's teaching interests revolve around Facebook in the context of ecological informatics; he is completing a certificate in field ecology at UCR. In demand as an international consultant on developing information economies, he has traveled to Eritrea, Russia, Tanzania, Turkmenistan, Uganda and Zambia. Dr. Richardson's fiat lux course on Google explores the rise of the Internet and the World Wide Web as an important, if not authoritative, source of information; furthermore, it highlights significant social issues such as anonymity, cultural hegemony, self-identity, personas, self-respect, community building, copyright and fair use, and privacy rights.
NAT SEGALOFF is a journalist (The Boston Herald, CBS Radio) turned college teacher (Boston College, Boston University) turned author (11 books) turned producer (A&E, TLC, USA, SyFy, HBO) with a background in motion picture marketing and publicity (Paramount, Disney, Columbia, Fox, UA, MGM, etc.). His varied writings include works on filmmakers William Friedkin, Arthur Penn, Stirling Silliphant, Walon Green, Paul Mazursky and John Milius, and he has produced Biography TV shows on John Belushi, Larry King, Stan Lee, Darryl F. Zanuck, and Shari Lewis & Lamb Chop. His The Everything® Etiquette Bookand The Everything Trivia Book and The Everything® Tall Tales, Legends and Outrageous Lies Book are in multiple printings and reflect Nat’s interest in a wide range of subjects. He formed the production company Alien Voices with John de Lancie and Leonard Nimoy to produce science fiction programs with Star Trek® casts, and is co-author of The Waldorf Conference, about the secret meeting that began the Hollywood Blacklist. He was staff producer for The Africa Channel and is frequent guest panelist on the NPR show “Says You!” Nat is also a member of the ACLU/SC Board of Directors. He co-chairs ACLU's First Amendment Committee.
DANIELLE VAN LIER is senior counsel, intellectual property and contracts lawyer at Screen Actors Guild (SAG) - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). She began her position at the former SAG in 2000, and is now responsible for managing SAG-AFTRA’s third-party contracts and intellectual property, as well as other efforts aimed at protecting the rights of SAG-AFTRA and its members. Van Lier has co-authored several amicus curiae briefs on behalf of Screen Actors Guild and other affected parties to various courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Supreme Court on issues related to performer rights of publicity, copyright and the California Talent Agencies Act. She is also an adjunct professor of Entertainment Law and Sports Law at Western State University, College of Law. Prior to entering practice, she served as a legislative fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives where her work focused on intellectual property, Internet issues, international law and other legal matters.
You can also read a spirited debate about SOPA between The-Generation.net co-editors Brad Rowe and Reza Hessabi here.