This Paley Center looks at the aftermath of the House’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate’s Protect IP Act (PIPA), the necessity for protecting content and the importance of promoting innovation. NBCUniversal's Richard Cotton and Union Square Ventures' Fred Wilson for an open conversation on imagining a digital world in which content creators and tech innovators can thrive and flourish."
Rick Cotton was named executive vice president and general counsel of NBCUniversal in August 2004. He supervises the NBCUniversal Law Department, which provides legal advice to all NBCUniversal business units for their ongoing operations and for new strategic plans and acquisitions. In addition, he oversees NBCUniversal's global regulatory and legislative agenda, including the company's worldwide anti-piracy efforts.
Geoffrey K. Sands
Mr. Sands is a Director of McKinsey & Company and heads its Global Media, Entertainment and Information Practice. Mr. Sands helps senior management develop innovative growth strategies, improve performance and profitability, and re-design organization structures. His clientele spans a range of businesses that include: newspaper, magazine and book publishing; broadcast and cable television; recorded music; filmed entertainment; professional publishing; business information services; education; marketing services; video games; consumer electronics; and sports. Mr. Sand is also the Chairman of the PBS Board of Directors, having served since 2009 and as a director since 2006. Additionally, Mr. Sands is a member of the PBS Foundation Board of Directors.
Fred Wilson has been a venture capitalist since 1987. He currently is a managing partner at Union Square Ventures and also founded Flatiron Partners. Fred has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Fred is married with three kids and lives in New York City.
Fred Wilson, managing partner at Union Square Ventures, passionately argues that “everybody is a pirate” of copyrighted digital content because internet content isn't convenient for consumption. The content delivery system is flawed, he believes, and “in a world where everybody is breaking the law, you got to look at the law: is it the right law?”