23 March 2013

DEFCON CFP submission: "©opyright Gone Wrong: Our Broken System and How We Can Fix It"

Here's my DEFCON CFP submission:

Title: ©opyright Gone Wrong: Our Broken System and How We Can Fix It

Abstract: The Constitution grants the Congress the power to enact copyright laws "[t]o promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." Since the founding of our country, protection of intellectual property has undergone several systematic changes that have extended the time rights are protected. Additionally, protections have gotten increasingly aggressive and oppressive. This presentation will briefly discuss the history and development of copyright law, and then focus on the more recent and onerous provisions that have become embroiled in controversy. Along the way, we'll talk about the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, copyright trolls, and other methods of intellectual property abuse. Lastly, we will take a look at some of the ways we can reform our broken system to free consumers from burdensome restraints, while at the same time protecting the intellectual property of the creators.

Bio: Michael Schearer ("theprez98") is a civil libertarian who has started numerous projects which document abuses of freedom and liberty. He is a Senior Penetration Tester at Booz Allen and a law student at UDC-DCSL. He spent nearly nine years in the Navy as an EA-6B Prowler ECMO. His military experience includes aerial combat missions over Afghanistan and Iraq and nine months on the ground doing counter-IED with the Army. He is a graduate of Georgetown’s National Security Studies Program and a speaker at ShmooCon, DEFCON, HOPE, and other conferences. Michael lives in Maryland with his wife and children.
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