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Whatabout Copyright?

The story of copyright contains many chapters: What can you share? How will you create? and Who decides? So, whatabout copyright?

Guest Bios

Kirby Ferguson

Kirby Ferguson is a New York-based writer, filmmaker and speaker. He is the creator of the popular online video series Everything is a Remix and has spoken at TED, South By Southwest and Google. He has worked with, the Discovery Channel, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. His most recent work is a political series, This is Not a Conspiracy Theory.

Kembrew McLeod

Kembrew McLeod is a Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa and an independent documentary producer. A prolific author and filmmaker, he has written and produced several books and documentaries that focus on popular music, independent media and copyright law.


His documentaries are Money For Nothing and Freedom of Expression®: Resistance and Repression in the Age of Intellectual Property, a companion to his book of the same name. McLeod co-authored the book Creative License: The Law and Culture of Digital Sampling and the anthology Cutting Across Media: Appropriation Art, Interventionist Collage and Copyright Law. His most recent book is Pranksters: Making Mischief in the Modern World. McLeod’s music and cultural criticism have appeared in Rolling Stone, SPIN, Slate, MOJO, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post.

Julie Samuels

Julie Samuels is Executive Director at The Engine, an organization that supports the growth of technology entrepreneurship through economic research, policy analysis, and advocacy on local and national issues. She served as Staff Attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation where she focused on intellectual property issues.


Julie litigated IP and entertainment cases in Chicago at Loeb & Loeb and Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Julie spent time as a legislative assistant at the Media Coalition in New York and as an assistant editor at the National Journal Group in D.C. Julie earned her J.D. from Vanderbilt University and her B.S. in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The Showcase

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