Jim Burger, an IP partner and member of the Thompson Coburn Lobbying & Policy group, will serve as a session chair at an upcoming conference that will bring together innovators in the digital and entertainment fields.
The conference, "Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age," will be held June 18-19 at Stanford University. The two-day conference is organized by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers with the Stanford Center for Image Systems Engineering.
In addition to presenting as a featured speaker, Burger will lead a special evening event, “Legal and Illegal Distribution Over the Internet: Can We Find Common Solutions?”
Lawmakers are still struggling to adapt the Constitution’s 200-year-old intellectual property clause for a digital environment, which has enabled both massive infringement as well as new business models. Panelists at the session will debate whether we need to more aggressively target online infringing activity through legislation, increased enforcement and new business models, or if increased enforcement would chill innovation and harm the open nature of the Internet. Panelists during the session include Mitch Singer, chief technology officer for Sony Pictures Entertainment; Chris Odgers, vice president of technology for Warner Bros.; Eric Klinker, CEO of BitTorrent; and Fred von Lohmann, Google, Inc.’s legal director for copyright.
“This is a topic that’s been under discussion for a long time — often very heatedly,” Burger said. “It’s a trifecta of Hollywood, Silicon Valley and Capitol Hill.
“There’s clearly massive infringement of video on the Internet. As Congress attempts a total revision of copyright law for the digital age, we’ll be talking about the impact of infringement and what we should do about it.”
Burger will also appear as a panelist for another program, “Closed Captioning of Internet Delivered Content — Why, When, and How?” The session will discuss the government’s efforts to regulate Internet content so that it incorporates the same accessibility features that exist for traditional broadcast services. Burger will be joined by Mike Dolan, founder and president of Television Broadcast Technology.
Burger’s extensive experience in the copyright law arena includes his work leading negotiations to exempt the computer industry from the Audio Home Recording Act, to avoid passage of the Digital Video Recording Act, and prevent passage of analog hole legislation. He worked on the intellectual property and content protection aspects of such successful new digital business models as DVD and Blu-ray.