Open Rights Group is holding a debate on Friday 2 October to ask what
we *really* need to do about online copyright infringement.
Peter Mandelson thinks disconnecting filesharers will help the music
and film industries. He's plain wrong. This extreme option would
trample on the rights of internet users - and the rights of their
families - without earning a penny for musicians and film-makers.
Two internationally-renowned and exciting speakers will ask: if the
government can get things this badly wrong, then why, and what should
we really be doing?
Gerd Leonhard is the author of many books including 'The Future of
Music' and a former producer. He will explain what the real options
are to make copyright work *with* the internet, rather than against
it. What sort of positive solutions are other countries considering?
Why is it so hard to set up a music service on the net?Are the rights
holders capable of sorting out their mess themselves, or does our
government need to step in to force them to act?
Ben Goldacre (Guardian / Bad Science) is a long standing critic of
government policy making. He will ask why the evidence-base for policy
on file sharing is so bad, and will ask how policy is really being
made, and in whose interests.
The panel will then take questions from the audience, chaired by our
Executive Director, Jim Killock.
this special event is free to new supporters of ORG who join between
now and the event.Existing ORG supporters will be charged a discount
rate of £10 and the general public will be asked for the full price of
Please note - you will only be allowed free entry if you actually join ORG!
19.00 - Doors open - drinks will be available
19.30 - Debate starts
21.00 - Everyone to the The Three Kings pub - across the road
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Open Rights Group
The digital age is transforming society: bringing us greater democracy, transparency and new creative possibilities. When these freedoms are under attack, the Open Rights Group is there to defend them. Founded in 2005 by 1,000 digital activists, ORG has become the UK’s leading voice defending freedom of expression, privacy, innovation, consumer rights and creativity on the net.
Getting into the political trenches in the UK and EU, we mobilise our supporters to stop bad laws. Working closely with other campaign groups, we lobby government and talk to the media whenever our rights are threatened.
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