Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian debated USC professor Jonathan Taplin, director of the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab and former tour manager of The Band at our recent Innovation Uncensored event. Afterward, Ohanian continued the debate with an open letter to Taplin. The next day, The Band's drummer Levon Helm died—and inspired this rebuttal from Taplin.
At Fast Company's Innovation Uncensored conference, things got heated between Reddit and Y Combinator's Alexis Ohanian and USC professor Jonathan Taplin, director of the Annenberg Innovation Lab, former tour manager of The Band, and friend of its drummer Levon Helm, who died the day after this debate.
Editor's Note: On Wednesday, Reddit founder and Y Combinator "Ambassador to the East" Alexis Ohanian debated professor Jonathan Taplin, director of the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab and former tour manager of The Band, about copyright, pay vs. free models, and the principals behind failed legislation SOPA—at our Innovation Uncensored event in New York City. Immediately after the debate, which seemed far from over, Ohanian posted this response to his website.