Media Council Breakfast

Protecting Content and Promoting Innovation in a Digital World: A Post-SOPA/PIPA Conversation

Feb 14, 2012
8:00 – 9:00 AM
New York
In the wake of the uproar among the technology and entertainment industries over the House’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate’s Protect IP Act (PIPA), the search for common ground and a way forward is more urgent than ever. NBCUniversal's Richard Cotton and Union Square Ventures' Fred Wilson joined Generator and Media Council members for an open conversation on imagining a digital world in which content creators and tech innovators can thrive and flourish. 
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Fred Wilson, Venture Capitalist and Principal, Union Square Ventures
Fred Wilson has been a venture capitalist since 1987. He currently is a managing partner at Union Square Ventures and also founded Flatiron Partners.  Wilson has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He blogs at
Richard Cotton, EVP and General Counsel, NBC Universal
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 Sands, Director and Head of the Global Media, Entertainment, and Information Practice, McKinsey & Co.  
Geoffrey Sands is a Director of McKinsey & Company and heads its Global Media, Entertainment and Information Practice in North America. He has over 20 years of experience working with many of the leading marketing, media and entertainment companies. Sands received his BA and MBA from Yale University.

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