TPP and Media Law

Wed, 11/02/2016 - 7:00pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette St, NYC

Doors 6:30. No admittance after 7:30.

While it may be difficult to see beyond presidential headlines, there’s much at stake with our upcoming election, including filmmaking as we know it.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, a controversial global trade agreement among twelve countries, is under review for possible ratification. If implemented, new regulations could pose unforeseen legal challenges that will limit the production, distribution, and use of media, including the much-valued Fair Use clause.

While the TPP is rife with complicated language, trade possibilities and labor concerns, this panel discussion will speak to the core legal and infrastructural pillars that define and permit one's right to privacy, cultural production, intellectual property, information technologies, and freedom of expression.

Join us to learn more and engage! Following the discussion, attendees will be given info and tools to call their representatives and voice their views.


Burcu Kilic from the consumer rights advocacy group, Public Citizen, is an expert on legal, economic and political issues surrounding intellectual property law and policy, information technology, trade, development and innovation. She provides technical and legal assistance to governments and civil society groups around the world and promotes their participation in international rule making. Her latest book Boosting Pharmaceutical Innovation in the Post-TRIPS Era; Real Life Lessons for the Developing World illustrates the critical role that intellectual property strategies play within access and innovation. She is also a SARChI Research Fellow at Institute for Economic Research on Innovation, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa.

Sierra Pettengill is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker and archivist. Town Hall, her feature-length documentary, broadcast nationally on PBS in 2014. She is the producer of the Academy Award-nominated documentary Cutie and the Boxer, which also won the directing award at the Sundance Film Festival 2013 and a 2015 News and Doc Emmy. Most recently, she was the archivist on Jim Jarmusch's Gimme Danger (Cannes '16), Mike Mills' 20th Century Women (New York Film Festival '16), and Robert Greene's Kate Plays Christine (Sundance '16) amongst many others. She is currently co-directing and producing the all-archival documentary The Reagan Show.

Neil J. Rosini is a partner at the law firm of Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo, P.C., in NYC. His practice focuses on copyright; new media transactions and privacy issues; content clearance for broadcast, publication and online distribution; opinion work and counseling respecting rights of privacy, and defamation matters; literary publishing; performing arts; trademark licensing, celebrity endorsements, and branding. He has written the book The Practical Guide to Libel Law, as well as many articles on these subjects and co-writes (with partner Michael Rudell) the "Entertainment Law" column for the New York Law Journal. He taught entertainment law for seven years as an adjunct professor at NYU School of Law and his views on legal subjects have been cited in New York Magazine, TV Guide, Business Week and more.

Sam Gustin (Moderator) is a journalist focused on the intersection of business, technology, and public policy. He is a correspondent at VICE Motherboard and previously worked for TIME, WIRED and other publications. From 2014-2015, Sam was a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard. He has a BA in political science from Reed College and a MS in journalism from Columbia. Sam has appeared as a speaker at South By Southwest, Freedom to Connect, and Hackers of Planet Earth.


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This event is a part of DCTV Presents, DCTV’s signature screening and event series that highlights innovative and provocative work from the independent filmmaking community.

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