For those of you who might be in and around Philadelphia this coming Tuesday (Jan. 31), I’ll be debating with Justin Hughes of Cardozo Law School at a Temple Law School Federalist Society event about the recently introduced (and even-more-recently withdrawn) copyright legislation (SOPA and PIPA). More details about the event can be found here and here. It should be an interesting event; Justin and I have very, very different views about these bills — he was a consultant, I believe, to the House Committee that drew them up, and I think they’re the Devil’s handiwork — and I think there will be both heat and light shed on the issues (both of which are required of a good debate). Plus, I think this is an issue that cuts through a very interesting line through what might roughly be called the political “right” — between the property rights conservatives and the free-speech libertarians — so there are interesting meta-issues on display. We’re expecting a good crowd — there’s nothing like a day-long Wikipedia blackout to get folks interested in online copyright matters — and it should be a lively affair.