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The New Free Speech: how people stopped SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, in the name of free speech


The New Free Speech is the forthcoming book by Edward Lee about how a grassroots movement involving millions of people was able to defeat money, politicians, Hollywood, and the copyright lobby, all in the name of a “free and open Internet.”

Edward Lee is a Professor of Law and the Director of the internationally recognized Program in Intellectual Property Law at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. He graduated summa cum laude from Williams College with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy (highest honors) and classics, and cum laude from Harvard Law School.

As a contributor to the Huffington Post, he has written various articles related to the Internet, copyright, and pop culture, including:

On Being Justin Bieber in the Age of YouTube,”

Copyright and Remixing Kanye Tweets and New Yorker Cartoons,”

Is Facebook a Friend or Bully?

Why Malcolm Gladwell Should Apologize to Social Media,”

Did UCLA and NYT Overreact to Student’s ‘Asians in the Library’ Video?

Golan v. Holder: Supreme Court to Review Copyrighting Works in the Public Domain,” and

Can Copyright or YouTube Save Cindy Lee Garcia from ‘Innocence of Muslims’ Video Fallout?

As a law professor, he has written extensively about free speech and copyright law, and the history of the freedom of the press. His article “Freedom of the Press 2.0,” was selected as one of the best First Amendment 
articles of 2008 for inclusion in THE FIRST AMENDMENT LAW HANDBOOK for
 2008­-2009 and as one of the year’s best 
articles related to intellectual property for inclusion in INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY REVIEW for 2008-2009. He co-authored INTERNATIONAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: PROBLEMS, CASES, AND MATERIALS (West Group 2d ed. 2012), a leading casebook in the field.

Previously, he worked with Lawrence Lessig at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, including on Eldred v. Ashcroft and Golan v. Holder, two of the most significant cases involving the First Amendment and copyright law. The cases, along with Lessig’s pathbreaking work, raised public consciousness about expansive copyright laws.

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