Judging from the recent brouhaha around piracy, (no – not the real kind), e.g. the Pirate Bay Trial / Verdict, anyone would be forgiven for thinking that copyright lawyers are probably the only ones making a killing out of this particular global crisis. It seems that the world’s copyright system, which served (some of) us so well in the past, may have become fatally compromised by the digital revolution, and emerging consumer predilection for free digital content (i.e. free as in beer).
It seems the time has come for some serious dialogue, and actions, to address the issues that threaten both existing content industries and emerging players. This is not about what some might call “stick n plaster” initiatives like DMCA, EU Copyrignt Directive or DRM; which essentially either only treats the symptoms, or kills the patient outright. Instead it just confirms the need for a forum that brings together all key stakeholders, in order to create a meaningful, practical and effective approach that will help address the failures of the copyright system, in an increasingly global / digital context.
The forthcoming World Copyright Summit will attempt to accomplish this very objective, in a two day event that draws from all players and stakeholders in the creative industries and the global copyright / digital content ecosystem. Although similar initiatives have been launched by various countries to address these same issues, from their own perspectives, (e.g. the UK Copyright Consultation), but this Summit, which is organised by CISAC, will be global in scope and coverage.
As you might imagine, this will not be an easy task, for too many obvious reasons to mention, but then neither is the current recourse to expensive litigation, almost at every turn, to settle disputes between stakeholders (usually between commercial and / or other stakeholder groups). This latter practice, if unchecked, could very well result in the imprisonment of pretty much every individual on the planet, as hilariously predicted in this Pirates Prisons video below.
Disclosure – Yours truly has requested an invite to attend and contribute to this debate at the Summit, and will aim to cover it right here, and on: twitter, Yammer and my other blog, so watch this space.