Robin D. Gross – Executive Director, IP Justice
Currently, Ms. Gross serves on the Executive Committee of ICANN’s Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group (NCSG). Previously, she was elected to Chair the ICANN’s Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group (NCSG) from 2010-2012 and its Non-Commercial Users Constituency (NCUC) from 2008-2010. She also previously served four years as NCUC’s North American Representative on ICANN’s GNSO Policy Council.
Robin Gross is also a private attorney representing emerging artists, entrepreneurs, and innovative companies with their intellectual property rights, Internet policy, and business legal matters.
Ms. Gross began her legal career with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) as its first intellectual property rights attorney in 1999 and litigated a number of precedent-setting cases with EFF regarding the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), peer-to-peer file-sharing, and the lawfulness of digital recording devices.
Ms. Gross was an appointed a member of the UN Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) for its first three years. Ms. Gross is a member of the Board of Directors for the Union for the Public Domain and the Advisory Board for Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility-Peru.
Principles of IP Justice
Technology empowers us with greater control over the ideas we consume. We do not violate copyright by skipping over commercials, muting offensive language, or watching movies on a homemade DVD player. Copyright law grants authors the right to control public performances, but when we are in the privacy of our own homes, using the media we lawfully acquired and the equipment we own, that private experience belongs exclusively to us.
We maintain the right to “time shift” or copy our media in order to enjoy it at a more convenient time; or “space shift” to move it to a new device or location; or “format shift” to convert it into a format that is compatible with our own needs. We also reserve our rights to make back-up copies or to archive our digital media collections the same as with our analogue recordings in the past.
Technologies that are capable of substantial non-infringing uses should remain lawful in order to preserve consumer rights, innovation and competition. Absent any illegal intent on our part, we should not be held liable for the infringing activity of others who are beyond our control and benefit.