Join Joscelyn Upendran from Creative Commons, Ian Prowse (Amsterdam), The Pirate Party, The Open Rights group and industry representatives to discuss the rights and wrongs of copyright theft and downloading.
The United States' Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the UK's Digital Economy Bill have have brought into focus the debate on copyright and control of online materials. Some argue for an end to all copyright, some argue for more open sharing, but with control (Copyleft), while others argue for the complete abolition of all copyright. Downloading is rife but under pressure - witness the closing down of Mega Upload and the extradition to America of hacktivists and those accidentally caught on the wrong side of the United States law. There's no doubt these are all new problems of the digital age, but the fight for and against copyright is nothing new.For musicians it is a double-edged sword; one minute it is allowing bands including The Arctic Monkeys to build a following which propels them to worldwide fame, and the next they face losing millions as the internet allows free access to all their hard-earned creativity -and maybe they can afford it, but what about others, musicians and writers, etc. who can't afford to let it all go for free. We may not find all the answers, but you will want to be a part of this debate featuring activists and local musicians and artists, all trying to make ends meet and make sense of the digital age.
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