Held in the historic Lyric Theatre, our main panel presents a moderated, unscripted, discussion of our forum topic, with a range of intellectual property experts. Time will be allotted for questions from the audience.

Karyn Temple Claggett

Karyn Temple Claggett
Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Policy and International Affairs. As Associate Register, she supervises the Policy and International Affairs department of the Copyright Office and assists the Register in advising Congress and executive branch agencies on domestic and international matters of copyright law and policy. Ms. Claggett and her staff also represent the Copyright Office on U.S. government delegations to international organizations, including the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and in meetings and negotiations with foreign governments.


Paul Brigner Regional Bureau Director, North America at 83rd IETF conference held at Les Palais des Congres de Paris, Paris France..Friday 30th March 2012...

Paul Brigner
Regional Director of the North American Bureau at the Internet Society. Previously, Paul was Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Policy Officer for the Motion Picture Association of America, and prior to that, Executive Director, Internet and Technology Policy, for Verizon. He holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and an
MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough
School of Business.


Adrian Johns
Allan Grant Maclear Professor of History at the University of Chicago. He is the author of The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making (1998), Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates (2009), and Death of a Pirate: British Radio and the Making of the Information Age (2010), as well as dozens of papers. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for his current work about the rise and implications of a global industry dedicated to protecting intellectual property.



Hector Postigo
Associate Professor of Media Studies and Production at Temple University. He is the author of The Digital Rights Movement: The Role of Technology in Subverting Digital Copyright (2012), and the co-founder of the blog Culture Digitally. In his work on cultural production, he studies notions of value, participation, and “free” labor on the internet, as well as technologically-mediated activism.


Elizabeth Stark
Entrepreneur-in-Residence at StartX at Stanford University. She started Stanford’s Ideas for a Better Internet Program to engage students in working on projects to better the future of the net, and is a co-founder of the Open Video Alliance, which seeks to promote innovation and free expression in online video. She serves as a mentor with the Thiel Fellowship, and is working on an early-stage startup whose mission is to fund the future.

James H. Collier

Associate Professor of Science and Technology in Society at Virginia Tech. He is Executive Editor of the journal Social Epistemology and the founder and editor of the Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective.