Implementing the Digital Economy Act , Westminster eForum Keynote Seminar, 20th October

Site-blocking, Notifications and Encouraging Behavioural Change

Campbell Cowie, Director of Internet Policy, Consumer Group Ofcom

Trevor Albery, Vice-President EMEA Anti-Piracy Operations, Warner Bros. Entertainment

Simon Baggs, Partner, Wiggin LLP; Peter Bradwell, Copyright Campaigner, Open Rights Group; Simon Clark, Partner, Head of Intellectual Property, Berwin Leighton Paisner; Chris Deering, former President, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe;Stephen Garrett, Executive Chairman, Kudos Film and TV; Andrew Heaney, Executive Director, Strategy and Regulation, TalkTalk; Frances Lowe, Director, Regulatory and Corporate Affairs, PRS for Music; Dr Bingchun Meng, Lecturer, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science; Simon Milner, Director of Industry Policy, BT;Richard Mollet, Chief Executive, Publishers Association; Ian Penman, Partner, New Media Law and Saskia Walzel, Senior Policy Advocate, Consumer Focus.

This event is CPD certified.

Morning, Thursday, 20th October 2011
Central London

This seminar examines new opportunities for the film and television industriesto harness public appetite for digital content, mitigate the impact of piracy and collaborate in the implementation of measures to combat illegal file-sharing.

It offers a timely opportunity to consider the practical challenges of implementing measures in the Digital Economy Act aimed at tackling online copyright infringement, possible alternatives to site-blocking provisions recently removed from the Act and the provisions of the Act coming into force in 2012.

Planned sessions examine:

  • Technical challenges – the practicalities of blocking sites facilitating copyright infringement and options for traffic management;
  • Responsibility and decision-making – how is site-blocking to be regulated and how should decisions be made?;
  • Identification and notification – options for targeting copyright infringers, administration of mass-notifications and building a process for appeals; and
  • Beyond enforcement – how can the creative and technology industries ensure consumers are encouraged to obtain their content through legal channels?

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A key output of the seminar will be a transcript of the proceedings, sent out within a week of the event to all attendees and a wider group of Ministers and officials at BIS, DCMS, HM Treasury and other government departments; officials at the OFT and Ofcom and other agencies; and Parliamentarians with a special interest in these areas. It will also be made available more widely. The document will include transcripts of all speeches and questions and answers sessions from the day, along with access to PowerPoint presentations, speakers’ biographies, an attendee list, an agenda and sponsor information. It is made available subject to strict restrictions on public use, similar to those for Select Committee Uncorrected Evidence, and is intended to provide timely information for interested parties who are unable to attend on the day.

All delegates will receive free PDF copies and are invited to contribute to the content.

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