On 2010, the U.S. Copyright Group quietly targeted tens of thousands BitTorrent users for legal action in federal court in Washington DC. The defendants, who started off as unnamed "John Does", were accused of having downloaded independent films such as "Far Cry," "Steam Experiment," and "The Hurt Locker" without authorization. The organization went on to sue thousands of defendants at a time, hoping to extract quick and easy settlements. By the end of the year, U.S. Copyright Group had been joined by similar companies that sued people all over the United States for allegedly downloading porn and for reproducing newspaper articles in blogs. In less than two years, copyright trolls have sued almost 200,000 people.
Who are the copyright trolls? What should you do if you are a content owner approached by copyright trolls? What should you do if you are one of the 200,000 people being sued? And what is being done about this new and disturbing business model?
The Internet is a fantastic resource for sharing and storing ideas, information, and creative works. But users -- individuals and companies -- can't take advantage of that bounty without help from a network of large and small service providers, from social media services like Facebook to storage services such as DropBox and SpiderOak. Too often, these providers are cowed by legal threats into taking down perfectly legal material (like the Facebook page you use to network for your business) or revealing private information about their users. How can you earn your users' loyalty by doing better, and how can you help ensure that the services on which you rely do right by you and your customers? What legal risks do you need to watch out for, and how can you make them go away? A group of experienced lawyers and business owners will help you answer these questions from a legal and practical perspective.
Your idea is hot. You have killer technology. You have angel investors on speed-dial. Your product mashes up the coolest APIs and you managed to navigate the shark-infested waters of content licensing without being eaten by a media company lawyer. There’s just one problem.
Other than your mom, you don’t have any one using it.
You probably forgot the most important ingredient: passionate users
This panel will be an interactive discussion on community and product development with some veterans who have built rabid, active fanbases around their companies and they’ll share their secrets for baking passion into the product from the beginning.
The future of cybersecurity is indeterminable. While the threat at times remains ambiguous, its effects are real, affecting government agencies around the globe. At a time when we are met with seemingly innocuous hacking efforts, such as a text change to the CIA website, as well as data breaches that compromise whole companies, such as the Epsilon and Sony data breaches of early 2011, qualifying, managing and developing appropriate responses to these threats will be imperative.
This panel will bring together the technical, legal and content management perspectives critical to creating national, and international cybersecurity policy. An issue intimate to the attendees of SXSW, the very real issue of hacker culture meets high security threat will be explored. The chasm between these worlds has had obvious consequences, and the goal of this panel is to facilitate a conversation that asks important questions and stimulates discussion around possible solutions.
So you've worked for months writing code, assembling creative, and testing out your app until it it's finally ready for mass consumption. The App Store has approved it and you are getting solid reviews. But how are you storing your users' registration information? Have you taken adequate steps to ensure its authenticity? Do you know how old your users are or what information is being passed on to advertisers? A wrong answer to these questions could land you in hot water with the authorities. And Congress is considering regulations to strictly monitor the relationships you have with your customers. Our panel discusses avoiding privacy pitfalls. Experts will share their experiences negotiating with Congress and explain how to modify your app to avoid enforcement action by regulators.
9th–13th March 2012