THE POLITICS OF FILE SHARING IN THE UNITED STATES: THE RISE AND FALL OF SOPA AND PIPA
Jeffrey Hart, Department of Political Science, Indiana University
Friday, March 23, 2012
2:00pm - 3:30pm
LI001 Wells Library (SLIS in Wells Library; East 10th St. entrance)
Talk preceded by an informal gathering with cookies, tea, and coffee, available at 1:45pm.
The recent withdrawal of two bills before Congress designed to prevent the illegal hosting of copyrighted content by companies operating outside the United States provides an important example of the power of Internet-based political campaigns that are backed by large numbers of Internet users. The bills were backed primarily by content-owning firms in the film and recording industries who were looking for new ways to prevent the illegal use (which they call piracy) of their intellectual property via digital file sharing. It looked at first that the bills would sail through Congress with little opposition. But it turned out that a well-organized campaign by a wide variety of interests opposed to the legislation was successful to the surprise of many observers. This talk explores the origins of the controversy and attempts to explain the outcome.
Jeffrey Hart is Professor of Political Science at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he has taught international politics and international political economy since 1981. His first teaching position was at Princeton University from 1973 to 1980. He was a professional staff member of the President's Commission for a National Agenda for the Eighties from 1980 to 1981. Hart worked as an internal contractor at the Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress 1985-86 and helped to write their report, International Competition in Services (1987). His books include The New International Economic Order (1983), Interdependence in the Post Multilateral Era (1985), Rival Capitalists (1992), Globalization and Governance (1999), Managing New Industry Creation (2001), Technology, Television, and Competition (2004), and The Politics of International Economic Relations 7th edition (2010). He has published scholarly articles in World Politics, International Organization, the British Journal of Political Science, New Political Economy, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution. For more information, see: http://mypage.iu.edu/~hartj
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