Leeds/Mannheim Online Seminar Series: Content Moderation in an Age of Extremes - Professor Rebecca Tushnet

Professor Rebecca Tushnet (Harvard University) launches the Leeds/Mannheim Online Seminar Series on Business Law with a presentation on 'Content Moderation in an Age of Extremes'.


Copyright owners want internet service providers to cut off internet service to households of accused infringers. Trademark owners want simple ways to seize domain names that are too close to their own marks. Politicians in many democratic nations want social media sites to take down more content and leave more content up. Many other governments want their online critics found--and silenced. The regulatory environment for online activity is once again in flux, with basic principles under question or already changing. These problems are, at their core, about people rather than being about technological capabilities. The internet has problems because people have problems. Regulatory solutions designed to solve today's abuses are likely to create tomorrow's. The unenviable task of regulation is therefore to figure out which kinds of damage we prefer.


Rebecca Tushnet is a professor of law at Harvard Law School. After clerking for Chief Judge Edward R. Becker of the Third Circuit and Associate Justice David H. Souter on the Supreme Court, she practiced intellectual property law at Debevoise & Plimpton before beginning teaching. Her publications include “Worth a Thousand Words: The Images of Copyright Law” (Harvard L. Rev. 2012); “Gone in 60 Milliseconds: Trademark Law and Cognitive Science” (Texas L. Rev. 2008); and “Copy This Essay: How Fair Use Doctrine Harms Free Speech and How Copying Serves It” (Yale L.J. 2004). Her work currently focuses on copyright, trademark and false advertising law. Her blog, at tushnet.blogspot.com, has been on the ABA’s Blawg 100 list of top legal blogs for the past three years. Professor Tushnet helped found the Organization for Transformative Works, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting and promoting fanworks, and currently volunteers on its legal committee. She is also an expert on the law of engagement rings.

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The one-hour seminar will be moderated by Professor Graham Dutfield, University of Leeds.

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