by Ken Korman
The phrase "net neutrality" has always seemed inadequate as a rallying cry for the struggle to maintain openness and equality on the web—much better to put a face and a name on the issue. The documentary Barbershop Punk does just that by tracking the struggles of barbershop quartet singer Robb Topolski as he fights with Comcast over the right to share public-domain music over the internet. Punk icons Henry Rollins and Ian MacKay and many others chime in on a set of problems that shows no signs of going away.
A free screening of Barbershop Punk will be presented this Friday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the 3rd floor Moot Court Auditorium at the Loyola College of Law, 526 Pine Street in New Orleans. Presented by the New Orleans Film Society, the Loyola Sports & Entertainment Law Society, and the Loyola Intellectual Property Law Society, the screening will be followed by a Q&A led by Andy Mendez, an attorney with Stone Pigman and an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School. A wine and cheese reception will take place after the discussion. The event is free and open to the public.