[pp.int.general] Mandelson wants crackdown on filesharing

Brian McNeil brian.mcneil at wikinewsie.org
Fri Oct 30 13:57:39 CET 2009

On Thu, 2009-10-29 at 12:17 +0000, W Tovey wrote:

> Apparently this was at a government-sponsored forum to debate
> copyright issues; the key note speech was given by the CEO of Vivendi
> and looking through the guest speakers list, I'm not sure how they
> hoped to have any sort of fair "debate" on copyright. 
> PPUK are working on some form of official response at the moment.

As said elsewhere, someone from Wikimedia UK was there... Picking out
their comments:

--- Initial notice & agenda ---
The website is at http://www.cabinetforum.org and the agenda is:

* Access to finance for creative industries: What do creative businesses
need to do to attract investment and demonstrate reliability of future
cash flow? How do you tackle the lack of understanding between investors
and creative 
* New business models for online content: How can a viable business be
made out of online content without relying on advertising?
* Developing Talent: What can be done to create opportunities for the
next generation of creative talent? How can creative businesses make
sure tomorrow’s employees have the right skills to thrive?
* Securing creative rights: How best to ensure that those who generate
and fund creative product are able to secure its value? Both regulatory
and non-regulatory methods will be examined.
---- Ends ----

On Tue, 2009-10-27 at 17:10 +0000, Andrew Turvey wrote:

> - SIon Simon, another politician present, mentioned that the copyright
> debate is highly polarised between the industry and free copyright
> advocates, both sides are deaf to the other and they need to engage.
> Despite this the discussions on copyright have been largely one sided,
> unbalanced, with some fairly extreme language used - "copyright
> warriors", "green ink brigade". "a generation of stealing" etc.

>Sorry - just to clarify - the "extreme language" I quoted was NOT from
>Sion Simon, they were from the industry representatives who were
>talking on a different panel.

> - Lots of talk from big business interests saying there is a "narrow
> legislative window of opportunity" at the moment (i.e. before the next
> general election)

> - For a "creative" conference focussing on new technologies it was
> remarkably lacking in opportunities for delegates to participate in
> questions etc - format is largely a panel discussing the issue among
> themselves.

> - David Rowan (WiredUK): "Government should free data - postcodes,
> survey"

Alas, nothing else.

Brian McNeil <brian.mcneil at wikinewsie.org>
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