Broadband Breakfast Club

Tuesday, October 14
8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Old Ebbitt Grill

Congress passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act on October 12, 1998, and it was signed by President Clinton on October 28, 1998. The new law, widely known as the DMCA, was designed to usher in a new phase of the United States' copyright laws.

The DMCA did this through two key provisions. The anti-circumvention provision was designed to offer protection to copyright holders who encrypted their works by criminalizing the act of cracking those codes. The service provider liability provision was designed as a compromise between content owners and internet providers. It created today's framework for "notice and takedown" currently at issue in a variety of current lawsuits, including Viacom v. YouTube.

Ten years later, how well has the DMCA worked? This event, the kick-off event in the monthly "" hosted by, is designed to bring several key stakeholders together to share perspectives on this topic:

Drew Clark, Executive Director, (Moderator)

Mitch Glazier, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, Recording Industry Association of America
Michael Petricone, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Consumer Electronics Association
Wendy Seltzer, Practitioner in Residence, Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic, American University Washington College of Law; and Berkman Center for Internet Society Fellow and instigator of "Chilling Effects" resource
Emery Simon, Counselor, Business Software Alliance
Breakfast for registrants will be available beginning at 8:00 a.m., and the forum itself will begin at around 8:30 a.m. It will conclude promptly at 10 a.m. Seated attendance is limited to the first 45 individuals to register for the event.

Future events in the monthly series will feature other key topics involved in broadband technology and internet policy.

For more information about, or about the at Old Ebbitt Grill at 675 15th Street NW, Washington, DC - on the second Tuesday of each month - please contact Drew Clark at 202-580-8196.