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BIC Battle No.2: The "DRM v DRM-free" Debate

Book Industry Communication

Monday, 4 March 2013 from 13:30 to 18:00 (GMT)

Strand, United Kingdom

BIC Battle No.2: The "DRM v DRM-free" Debate

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Not sure which way to go regarding DRM for digital products? BIC Battle No.2 could be just the event you’ve been looking for!

In November 2012, BIC launched its exciting new series of debating events:  BIC Battles.

Following on the success of BIC Battle No.1, we’d like to invite BIC members and non-members alike to join us for BIC Battle No.2 on 4th March 2013 at the RSA in London.

Sponsored by Virtusales, this event will be dedicated to exploring the complex area of DRM and will be a fantastic opportunity to witness industry experts share their thoughts: via both presentations and panel discussion.

There will be plenty of opportunity for attendees to ask questions of the speakers throughout the event, in addition to a short drinks reception afterwards.

As an attendee, you will be asked to vote (anonymously) for one of the following statements at the start, and then again at the end of the debate. It will be interesting to see what influence the speakers have had!

Statement 1

DRM is needed in order to fight copyright infringement. It helps the copyright holder maintain artistic, and intellectual control, and ensures continued revenue streams for everyone involved in the book industry.

Statement 2

There is no evidence that DRM helps prevent copyright infringement. It serves only to frustrate and inconvenience legitimate customers (who become unclear as to whether they own the downloaded item, or are merely “renting” it), and contributes to big businesses stifling innovation and competition.

Panel confirmed so far:
Laura Austin - YUDU Media
Andrew Blackman - Author

Tom Chalmers – IPR License
Andrea D’Orta – Elsevier
Paul Rhodes - Orb Entertainment
Rebecca Smart – Osprey

Guest Speaker:
Mark Majurey - Taylor & Francis

Karina Luke - BIC


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Programme can be found here: PROGRAMME
Learn more about the speakers here: SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES

Twitter: #bicbattles



1) There is a reduced ticket price for BIC members. Is my organisation a member of BIC?
ind out by checking here: BIC MEMBERS

2) Is there a phone number or email where I can contact the organizer with any questions?

3) What is your refund policy?
Please note that if you need to cancel you should notify the organiser no less than 2 weeks before the event. Refunds may be subject to administration charges.

4) Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
There are no ID requirements or age limits.

5) Do I need to print out and bring a ticket to get in?
Yes please print out your pdf ticket and bring it with you.

6) Will you be selling tickets at the door?
No we will not - all attendees must register on eventbrite before 5pm on Thursday 28th February.
Admission will not be granted to anyone who has not regsitered in time.

7) Is there parking at the event? If not, is there a nearby facility in which to park?
There is no parking at the RSA House, however there are parking bays on John Adam Street and surrounding roads in which you call Westminster Council to make payment; instructions are on the signs where you park.

8) Is there public transportation to the event?
Arranged transportation is not included in the event, but there are bus stops, underground, and overground stations nearby. See below for further details.

9) Is there wheelchair access?

Yes; wheelchair access is only from John Adam Street.

10) Where is the event taking place?
At the RSA, 8 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6EZ.

-          If you have questions about the venue in terms of directions then you can call their main switchboard on 020 7930 5115.

11) How do I get there?
The Nearest London Underground Stations are:
Charing Cross (Northern Line)

Embankment (District and Circle lines)

Covent Garden (Piccadilly Line)

Leicester Square (Piccadilly and Northern Lines)

The Nearest Overground Stations are:
Charing Cross


12) Is the drinks reception included in the price of the ticket?
Yes the drinks reception is included in the cost of the ticket.

13) Does the RSA allow guide dogs?

Do you have questions about BIC Battle No.2: The "DRM v DRM-free" Debate? Contact Book Industry Communication

When & Where

The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce)
8 John Adam Street
WC2N 6

United Kingdom

Monday, 4 March 2013 from 13:30 to 18:00 (GMT)

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Book Industry Communication

BIC is an independent organisation set up and sponsored by the Publishers Association, Booksellers Association, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and the British Library to promote supply chain efficiency in all sectors of the book world through e-commerce and the application of best practice, standard processes and procedures. We have excellent relationships with all major standards bodies and we work closely with the Book Industry Study Group in the US.

BIC unites all sectors of the publishing industry, so whether you're a publisher, on-line retailer, "bricks & mortar" retailer, distributor, library (academic or public), wholesaler, digital partner, literary agent, conversion house, or any combination of these, we're here for you. We offer a "one stop shop" experience, impartial advice and support on anything & everything related to the Supply Chain (digital and/or physical) and we always love to hear from our members...and anyone who might like to become a member. Your feedback is invaluable to us.

We want to hear your ideas, what you're working on, what's challenging you right now, and what changes/developments/projects etc you think the industry might benefit from - so that we can work on your behalf to deliver solutions.

Finally, as an FYI: without neglecting the printed book world, BIC will now be focussing an increasing amount of its energy on work in the Digital Supply Chain.


Digital & Physical Supply Chain, EDI/e-commerce, Metadata optimisation, Training courses, Industry Accreditation Schemes, Product Identifiers/Bar codes/ISBNs etc..., ONIX, Bibliographic standards, RFID, BIC Codes, Web Services, Addressing industry needs, Best practice


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  News and Updates
Friday, 18 January 2013 - 16:18

18th Jan 2013
Author Andrew Blackman confirmed as joinng the panel.
Mark Majurey (Commerical Director of Taylor & Francis) confirmed as Guest Speaker.


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