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Achieving Copyright at the Speed of Light

Tom Rubin, Chief of Intellectual Property Strategy Counsel, Microsoft

Monday November 11, 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 129, Yale Law School, 127 Wall Street

October 28th marks the fifteenth anniversary of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Tom Rubin will explain how the DMCA's notice-and-takedown regime has provided a workable framework for managing online copyright infringement – and that the biggest upcoming digital copyright issues are not what most people expect. Rubin argues that we need a copyright system that operates at the scale and speed of our networked world, enabling a freer flow of information between people and across devices.

The talk is sponsored by The Information Society Project, The Lillian Goldman Law Library and the Yale Library Associates. It is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be provided.


Tom Rubin
Tom Rubin is Chief Intellectual Property Strategy Counsel at Microsoft, where he leads the copyright, trademark and trade secret group. Tom spearheads complex product development, licensing, marketing, enforcement and global policy strategies across Microsoft’s business divisions. Tom has also led several collaborative efforts with leaders in the technology and content industries, including product partnerships, policy initiatives, amicus briefs and the landmark User Generated Content Principles.

At Microsoft since 1998, Tom has testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and addressed innovation and intellectual property issues before many government and industry forums in the U.S. and throughout Asia and Europe. Tom has taught seminars at Stanford Law School and Yale College, and he has guest lectured at Harvard, Berkeley, Seoul National University and elsewhere.

A graduate of Yale College and Stanford Law School, Tom was one of the country’s first prosecutors of computer, electronic and intellectual property crimes as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York. At the beginning of his legal career, he clerked for Judge Leonard B. Sand (S.D.N.Y.) and Chief Judge James L. Oakes (2d Cir.) before working at Debevoise & Plimpton, where he represented companies such as Sony and Time Inc. on matters related to new technologies and media law. Prior to law school, Tom worked in the newsroom at The New York Times and was a stringer for the Associated Press.