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January 18, 2020

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The First Amendment in a Digital Age
Last Featured: 9/26/2005

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A special taping of Justice Talking at the National Archives in Washington DC. When the founding fathers wrote the First Amendment to guarantee freedom of speech and freedom of the press, they could never have imagined a world where information is disseminated world wide in seconds. What rights and protections do journalists have today? Do bloggers enjoy those same rights and privileges? Should we be able to control the sharing of copyright materials over peer to peer networks? Guests include Floyd Abrams, a visiting professor of First Amendment Law at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism; Jack Valenti, former president and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America; and Lawrence Lessig, a Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and founder of the school's Center for Internet and Society.

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Floyd Abrams is a partner in the New York law firm of Cahill Gordon & Reindel and is the William J. Brennan Jr. Visiting Professor of First Amendment Law at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Abrams has argued frequently in the U.S. Supreme Court in significant First Amendment cases. He was co-counsel to The New York Times in the Pentagon Papers case. He is the author of the recently published book Speaking Freely: Trials of the First Amendment.

Jack Valenti served as CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) from 1966 to 2004. He is the author of the movie rating system and tirelessly defended the copyright and intellectual property claims of the movie industry. He is probably best known for his opposition to home video recording and the VCR. Valenti has written four books: The Bitter Taste of Glory, A Very Human President, Speak Up With Confidence, and the political novel, Protect and Defend.

Lawrence Lessig is a Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and founder of the school's Center for Internet and Society. Professor Lessig is the author of Free Culture, The Future of Ideas and Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace. He chairs the Creative Commons project, and serves on the board of the Free Software Foundation, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Public Library of Science, and Public Knowledge.

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by Lee Wilson
Responsible Use of the Internet in Education: Issues Concerning Evaluation, Citation, Copyright and Fair Use of Web Materials
by Aniekan Ebiefung
The Public Domain: How to Find & Use Copyright-Free Writings, Music, Art & More
by Stephen Fishman
Regulation of the Entertainment Industry
The FCC's New Rules for Media Ownership
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