Featuring Dorothy Robyn, Senior Policy Expert, Clinton and Obama Administrations; Stephen Van Beek, Vice President of Aviation Consulting, ICF International; and Chris Edwards, Editor, DownsizingGovernment.org, Cato Institute; moderated by Peter Russo, Director of Congressional Affairs, Cato Institute.
Of all the rights the U.S. Constitution protects, courts are probably most vigilant about protecting free speech. Freedom of expression is not only a cornerstone of democratic government, but also central to the more ordinary choices citizens make in their daily lives. Yet one class of speech has been almost entirely ignored by the courts: speech by professionals engaged in their business. In the new issue of Regulation, Cato scholar Timothy Sandefur argues that the Supreme Court should make it clear that censoring professionals is intolerable.
Published in the wake of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Kelo v. New London, Cornerstone of Liberty: Property Rights in 21st Century America made a powerful contribution to the firestorm of interest in protecting property rights. Now in its second edition, Cornerstone of Liberty has been fully updated by authors Timothy and Christina Sandefur, and examines how dozens of new developments in courtrooms and legislatures across the country have shifted the landscape of private property rights since 2005.
The Cato Institute has released its 2014 Annual Report, which documents a dynamic year of growth and productivity. “Libertarianism is the philosophy of freedom,” Cato’s David Boaz writes in his book, The Libertarian Mind. “It is the indispensable framework for the future.” And as the new report demonstrates, the Cato Institute, thanks largely to the generosity of our Sponsors, is leading the charge to apply this framework across the policy spectrum.
The Next Big Thing in Copyright? The Induce Act and Contributory Liability
Featuring David Green, MPAA; Markham Erickson, NetCoalition; Gigi Sohn, Public Knowledge; Mitch Glazier, RIAA; and Adam Thierer, Cato Institute.
Copyright law has many complexities, including the issue of contributory liability for copyright infringement. The newly proposed Induce Act would hold peer-to-peer (P2P) providers and portable media device manufacturers liable for copyright infringement if they are found to have induced, aided, or abetted copyright violations by others. What impact would the Induce Act have on the Internet and consumer electronics market? What role should contributory liability play in the future of copyright law? How much responsibility do middlemen bear for policing their networks for “piracy”? And should technology manufacturers be held liable for acts of infringement committed with their devices? Those issues will be discussed by a diverse panel of copyright experts.