[Seth-Trips] Rep. Rick Boucher at Stanford, Friday, Feb. 2

Seth David Schoen schoen at loyalty.org
Mon Jan 29 20:27:48 GMT 2007

(not mentioned on their web site yet)




Rep. Boucher to Reflect on Technology Agenda for the New Congress in a
Speech Entitled "Congress Must Balance its Copyright Agenda"

Feb. 2, 2007 at 10 a.m.
Stanford Law School
Free and open to the public
maps/directions: http://www.law.stanford.edu/directions/

On Friday, February 2, 2007, the Stanford Law & Policy Review and 
Stanford Law School will welcome Congressman Rick Boucher (D., Va.) 
to deliver a speech entitled "Congress Must Balance its Copyright 
Agenda" in Room 190 of the Classroom Building of Stanford Law School 
at 10 a.m. Rep. Boucher will comment generally upon the state of 
technology policy and offer insights for technology- and intellectual 
property-related initiatives taking shape in the new 
Democratically-led Congress.

Representative Rick Boucher (D., Va.), representing Virginia's Ninth 
Congressional District in his thirteenth term in the United States 
House of Representatives, has consistently provided leadership and 
initiative guiding American technology policy. Rep. Boucher practiced 
law in New York and Virginia and was a member of the Virginia State 
Senate before being elected to the United States Congress. He has a 
bachelor's degree from Roanoke College and law degree from the 
University of Virginia Law School. As a member of the House Energy 
and Commerce Committee, Rep. Boucher serves on the Telecommunications 
and the Internet subcommittee. Rep. Boucher is also a member of the 
Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property Subcommittee of the 
House Judiciary Committee. Rep. Boucher has established himself as an 
authority of federal policy for the Internet and Information 

As a co-founder and current co-chair of the Congressional Internet 
Caucus, Rep. Boucher supports consumer and user rights by defending 
fair uses of copyrighted works and favoring network neutrality and 
consumer protections. He has worked to galvanize many intellectual 
property, telecommunications and Internet legislative initiatives. 
For example, in the 102nd Congress, Rep. Boucher authored the law 
that allowed the first commercial traffic on the Internet, which 
brought impressive changes to electronic commerce, e-government 
initiatives, and improved educational and telehealth opportunities. 
More recently, Rep. Boucher introduced legislation aimed at reforming 
the federal Universal Service Fund and hopes to maintain prices for 
telephone services at an accessible rate for rural Americans. 
Furthermore, dating back to the 107th Congress, legislation 
introduced by Rep. Boucher focused on allowing individuals to keep 
their free use of digital media at home, efforts that have been 
supported by diverse parties, ranging from technology companies to 
consumer groups. Rep. Boucher is devoted to the cause of allowing the 
fair use of lawfully acquired digital media on the part of libraries, 
universities, and individuals.

Finally, Rep. Boucher created the Digital Media Consumer's Rights Act 
legislation and co-authored the Anti-SPAM Act of 2003. Rep. Boucher 
has long asserted that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 2002 
requires reform in order to best safeguard the fair use rights of 
consumers and to curb the benefits that copyright protection allows 
large corporations to enjoy.

Seth David Schoen <schoen at loyalty.org> | This is a new focus for the security
     http://www.loyalty.org/~schoen/   | community. The actual user of the PC
     http://vitanuova.loyalty.org/     | [...] is the enemy.
                                       |          -- David Aucsmith, IDF 1999

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