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This Year’s Copyright Society Honoree to Keynote Copyright and Technology London Conference September 5, 2014

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A quick postscript to my previous piece about Peter Menell’s Brace Lecture for the Copyright Society of the USA: this year’s honoree is none other than Shira Perlmutter, who will be one of the keynote speakers at our Copyright and Technology London 2014 conference on October 1.

Perlmutter has been an international copyright luminary for many years.  When I first met her in 2003, she was chief IP counsel at Time Warner.  Prior to that she had posts at the U.S. Copyright Office, WIPO, the Administration of President Bill Clinton, and Catholic University as a law professor.  After Time Warner, she went on to IFPI and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where she is now.  (The USPTO advises the Executive Branch of U.S. government on all intellectual property issues, including copyright.)  She also has adjunct appointments at Oxford and the University of London.

She will be sharing keynote duties with Maria Martin-Prat, who is the chief copyright official at the European Commission and has an equally distinguished career.  The two worked together at WIPO.  They will also be on a panel in the afternoon on American copyright reform and its impact on the European scene.  I’ll be moderating that panel, which will also include the eminent American copyright litigator Andrew Bridges of Fenwick & West and the UK copyright expert Stephen Edwards of ReedSmith.

Other panels I’m particularly excited about include one on the role of ISPs in copyright enforcement, given that the UK is planning on implementing a graduated response regime that’s purely “educational,” with no punitive component as in France, South Korea, and elsewhere.  One of our panelists there is Thomas Dillon, an attorney — now at WIPO — who is one of the leading experts on graduated response programs worldwide.  We’ll also have an interesting discussion about the content protection methods that Hollywood intends to require for its latest generation of ultra-high-resolution (“4K”) content, featuring Ron Wheeler of Fox — known as one of the most stringent of the major studios on content protection.  And we’ll have a special keynote by Dominic Young, CEO of the UK Copyright Hub, to give us an update on that.

Please join us in London on October 1 – register today!

 

Panel Lineup for Copyright and Technology London 2014 May 26, 2014

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I’m happy to announce the lineup of panels for Copyright and Technology London 2014, which will take place on Wednesday 1 October at the offices of ReedSmith in the City of London, produced by my good friends at Music Ally.  This is a call for proposals to chair (that’s “moderate” for Americans) and speak on panels.

As with past conferences, we will have a morning full of plenary sessions, after which we will separate into Technology and Law & Policy tracks.  Our morning session will feature a keynote address by Maria Martin-Prat, Head of Copyright Unit, Intellectual Property Directorate, Internal Market and Services, European Commission.

Here are the panels for the Technology track:

  • New Challenges and Responses to Online Piracy
    The proliferation of cyberlockers, cloud storage, and BitTorrent sites has led to new challenges for media companies looking to reduce the amount of infringing content stored online. Piracy monitoring services must keep up with new data storage and distribution schemes as well as new ways in which large-scale infringers can make content available. We’ll review some of the new challenges and responses to online piracy as well as the nature of demands on piracy monitoring services.
  • Content Protection for 4K Video
    The next frontier in digital video, known as 4K, offers four times the pixels of HD. Although movie studios are capturing content in 4K, the ecosystems for delivering it to consumers are still being defined. Along with superior viewing experiences, 4K gives Hollywood an opportunity to call for redesigned content protection schemes that remedy some of the deficiencies of existing ones. In this session, we’ll discuss Hollywood’s objectives for 4K content protection and hear about some proposed solutions and their tradeoffs.
  • Rights Expression Languages: Automating Communication of Content Rights
    The idea of machine-readable languages for expressing rights was introduced with some of the first DRM systems some time ago. But more recently, rights expression languages have found their ways into various interesting applications for conveying rights information among links in content value chains, to support commerce and licensing agreements efficiently and unambiguously. In this session, we’ll hear from organizations who are developing schemes to apply machine-readable rights expressions to digital images, news, and other forms of content.

And here are the panel session for the Law and Policy track:

  • Should Internet Service Providers Be Copyright Cops?
    Internet service providers (ISPs) are beginning to take responsibility for copyright infringement that occurs over their networks – whether voluntarily (as in the UK and USA) or by force of law (as in France and Austria). On this panel, we will discuss developments that have taken place both in courts and behind the scenes that chart the progress of the content industries in getting ISPs to take responsibility for the copyright behavior of their subscribers, and whether educational or punitive measures are necessary to reduce infringement online.
  • Ripples Across the Pond: The Influence of American Copyright Reform
    The United States has begun the long journey of reviewing and reforming its Copyright Act, which dates back to 1976.  Although opinions on how or whether to revise the law differ greatly, most agree that the law is a poor match for today’s rapid developments in digital content and services. Our panel of multi-national experts will speculate on the areas of the law that are most likely to change during the ensuing review process, and on how those changes will be likely to affect developments in law and technology in the UK, Europe, and beyond.
  • Copyright and Personal Digital Property
    Recent legal activity throughout Europe has profound reverberations concerning citizens’ rights to the data they put up online – or that is put online on their behalf.  European courts have decided that people have certain rights to have their personal information removed from online services.  Meanwhile, the European Commission is reopening debate around a Notice-and-Action scheme for removal of copyrighted material online, similar to the U.S. Notice-and-Takedown regime, which some advocates claim impinges on free speech while others claim is ineffective at curbing infringement.  Are we headed toward an online society that respects information as personal property, and if so, is this a good idea?  We’ll discuss these issues.

At this point we are accepting proposals to chair or speak on any of these panels.  Deadline is Friday, June 13.  Please email your proposal(s) with the following information:

  • Speaker’s name and full contact information
  • Panel requested
  • Chair or speaker request?
  • Description of speaker’s experience or point of view on the panel subject
  • Brief narrative bio of speaker
  • Contact info of representative, if different from speaker*

As mentioned above, the agenda is subject to change.  If you have another idea for a panel, we’d love to hear about that as well.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, we have three levels, which are described in our brochure; please ask and we’ll send you one.  The top-level Conference Sponsorship is a single opportunity that we offer on a first-come, first-served basis to work with the program chair (that’s me) to define a plenary session of interest to our audience.  Thanks in advance for your interest!

*Please note that personal confirmation from speakers themselves is required before we will put them on the program.

 

UK ISPs to Implement “Educational” Graduated Response System May 14, 2014

Posted by Bill Rosenblatt in Fingerprinting, Law, UK, Uncategorized, United States.
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The BBC has discovered documents that detail a so-called graduated response program for detecting illegal downloads done by customers of major UK ISPs and sending alert messages to them.  The program is called the Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme (Vcap).  It was negotiated between the UK’s four major ISPs (BT, Sky, Virgin Media, and TalkTalk) and trade associations for the music and film industries, and it is expected to launch sometime next year.

Vcap is a much watered-down version of measures defined in the Digital Economy Act of 2012, in that it calls only for repeated “educational” messages to be sent to ISP subscribers and for no punitive measures such as suspension or termination of their accounts.

In general, graduated response programs work like this: copyright owners engage network monitoring firms to monitor ISPs’ networks for infringing behavior.  Monitoring firms use a range of technologies, including fingerprinting to automatically recognize content that users are downloading.  If they find evidence of illegal behavior, they report it to a central authority, which passes the information to the relevant ISP, typically including the IP address of the user’s device.  The ISP determines the identity of the targeted subscriber and takes some action, which depends on the details of the program.

In some cases (as in France and South Korea), the central authority is empowered to force the ISP to take punitive action; in other cases (as in the United States’ Copyright Alert System (CAS) as well as Vcap), ISPs take action voluntarily.

Assuming that Vcap launches on schedule, we could soon have data points about the effectiveness of various types of programs for monitoring ISP subscribers’ illegal downloading behaviors.  The most important question to answer is whether truly punitive measures really make a difference in deterring online copyright infringement, or whether purely “educational” measures are enough to do the job. Currently there are graduated response programs in South Korea, New Zealand, Taiwan, and France that have punitive components, as well as one in Ireland (with Eircom, the country’s largest ISP) that is considered non-punitive.

Is America’s CAS punitive or educational?  That’s a good question.  CAS has been called a “six strikes” system (as opposed to other countries’ “three strikes”), because it defines six levels of alerts that ISPs must generate, although ISPs are intended to take “mitigation measures” against their subscribers starting at the fifth “strike.”  What are these mitigation measures?  It’s largely unclear.  The CAS’s rules are ambiguous and leave quite a bit of wiggle room for each participating ISP to define its own actions.

Instead, you have to look at the policies of each of the five ISPs to find details about any punitive measures they may take — information that is often ambiguous or nonexistent.  For example:

  • AT&T: its online documentation contains no specifics at all about mitigation measures.
  • Cablevision (Optimum Online): its policy is ambiguous, stating that it “may temporarily suspend your Internet access for a set period of time, or until you contact Optimum.”  Other language in Cablevision’s policy suggests that the temporary suspension period is 24 hours.
  • Comcast (Xfinity): Comcast’s written policy is also ambiguous, saying only that it will continue to post alert messages until the subscriber “resolve[s] the matter” and that it will never terminate an account.
  • Time Warner Cable: also ambiguous but suggesting nothing on the order of suspension or termination, or bandwidth throttling.  It states that “The range of actions may include redirection to a landing page for a period or until you contact Time Warner Cable.”
  • Verizon: Verizon’s policy is the only one with much specificity.  On the fifth alert, Verizon throttles the user’s Internet speed to 256kbps — equivalent to a bottom-of-the-line residential DSL connection in the US — for a period of two days after a 14-day advance warning.  At the sixth alert, it throttles bandwidth for three days.

In other words, the so-called mitigation measures are not very punitive at all, not even at their worst — at least not compared to these penalties in other countries:

  • France: up to ISP account suspension for up to one year and fines of up to €1500 (US $2000), although the fate of the HADOPI system in France is currently under legal review.
  • New Zealand: account suspension of up to six months and fines of up to NZ $15,000 (US $13,000).
  • South Korea: account suspension of up to six months.
  • Taiwan: suspension or termination of accounts, although the fate of Taiwan’s graduated response program is also in doubt.

[Major hat tip to Thomas Dillon’s graduatedresponse.org blog for much of this information.]

In contrast, Vcap will be restricted to sending out four alerts that must be “educational” and “promot[e] an increase in awareness” of copyright issues.  Vcap is intended to run for three years, after which it will be re-evaluated — and if judged to be ineffective, possibly replaced with something that more closely resembles the original, stricter provisions in the Digital Economy Act.  By 2018, the UK should also have plenty of data to draw on from other countries’ graduated response regimes about any relationship between punitive measures and reduced infringements.

 

Announcing Copyright and Technology London 2014 April 25, 2014

Posted by Bill Rosenblatt in Europe, Events, UK, Uncategorized.
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I’m pleased to announce that our next Copyright and Technology London conference will take place on Wednesday, October 1, at the offices of ReedSmith in the City of London.  This is the same beautiful venue as our conference last October, with 360-degree floor-to-ceiling views of the city. Music Ally is producing the event.  Now in our fifth year, the mission of the Copyright and Technology conferences is to bring together a diverse group of lawyers, technologists, policymakers, and business people for education and intelligent dialog about the nexus of copyright and technology.  The London conference focuses on issues of particular interest in the UK and the rest of Europe but also offers international perspectives from the US, Australia, and beyond.

At this point, I am soliciting ideas for sessions.  What are the hot issues for people concerned with copyright in the UK, Europe, and beyond?  As in past Copyright and Technology conferences, the agenda will consist of plenary sessions with a keynote speaker in the morning, and afternoon breakouts into Technology and Law & Public Policy tracks.  Please feel free to suggest session topics that will appeal to technologists, law and government professionals, or all of the above.  Also feel free to put forward names of speakers for sessions.

We plan to have a working agenda in place by June, so please send me your session proposals by May 16.

As in the past, sponsorship opportunities are available.  Copyright and Technology London 2014 is a great opportunity to connect with top-tier decision makers from law firms, media companies, technology vendors, service providers, and government.  Please inquire if you are interested in learning more.

Panel on Ministry of Sound Added at Copyright and Technology London 2013 October 10, 2013

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We have added another panel session to the Copyright and Technology London 2013 conference, which will take place next Thursday (17 October).  The most important recent copyright litigation in the UK at the moment is the case of Ministry of Sound v. Spotify, in which the record label is objecting to Spotify making playlists available that mimic the compilation albums for which the label is best known.  The case has broad implications for the limits of copyrightability in the digital age, at least under UK law.

Here is the panel description:

The Limits of Copyright in the Digital Age

The litigation that Ministry of Sound recently started against Spotify will test whether playlists on compilation albums have copyright protection.  It will be played out in the context of the debate about to what extent we as a society are prepared to pay for curation. The same issue faces news-disseminating organisations over their headlines and sports reporters over game highlights. Does our society value the editorial/quality control/validation role that they play? This panel will explore the boundaries of what is – and should be – protected by copyright in the digital age and suggest what directions legal decisions in the future may take.

Although the case was only filed a month ago, we have been able to pull together an excellent group of authorities on both the legal and content aspects of the matter, thanks to the tireless efforts of Serena Tierney of Bircham Dyson Bell, the panel chair and herself an authority on copyright in the digital age.  Panelists will include:

  • Jeff Smith, Head of Music at BBC Radio 2 and 6; former Director of Music Programming at Napster
  • Mo McRoberts, Head of the BBC Genome Project at the BBC Archive
  • Lindsay Lane, Barrister at 8 New Square Intellectual Property and co-author of the standard copyright treatise Laddie, Prescott and Vitoria on The Modern Law of Copyright and Designs
  • Andrew Orlowski, Executive Editor of The Register, who has covered this case.

This means that we will have a packed day of exciting sessions from all around the world of copyright.  Places are still left, so register today!

MEGA CEO to speak at Copyright and Technology London 2013 September 26, 2013

Posted by Bill Rosenblatt in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Events, UK.
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With less than three weeks to go until our Copyright and Technology London 2013 conference, I’m very pleased to announce some additions and updates to the conference agenda.  Most importantly, Vikram Kumar, CEO of Kim Dotcom’s new service MEGA, will appear by videoconference from New Zealand.  I’ll be talking with him about copyright issues related to the market for cloud storage services, and he’ll take questions from the audience.

I’m also particularly excited about a few of the sessions at this year’s conference.  A very hot topic in the digital copyright field nowadays is websites that attract traffic with offers of free unauthorized copyrighted material and make money from advertising, and what the advertising industry could be doing about this.  Our panel on this issue will include Nick Stringer from the Interactive Advertising Bureau (representing the ad industry side) and Geoff Taylor from BPI (representing recorded music).  It will also feature Jeremy Penston, an independent consultant in the UK who has been the brains behind piracy studies for PRS, Google, and Spotify; and Nick Swimer from the law firm of Reed Smith to provide the legal context.

And speaking of piracy studies, our panel on cyberlockers will feature David Price of NetNames (formerly Envisional), author of a highly detailed study called Sizing the Piracy Universe just this week.

We will also get a presentation on HADOPI, the French graduated response agency, from Pauline Blassel, HADOPI’s research director —  just a week after the agency is to give a progress report in Paris.  And speaking of progress reports, our session on the launch of the Global Repertory Database (featuring speakers from Google, STIM, and others) should be quite interesting.

With a spectacular setting at Reed Smith’s offices in London, Copyright and Technology London 2013 should be a great event.  Please register today!  Our sponsors, MarkMonitor and Civolution, are helping to keep registration fees low.

For those of you on the other side of the world from London, you may also be interested in the International Copyright Technology (ICOTEC) 2013 conference, which will take place at the COEX conference center in Seoul, Korea, on November 4-5.  I will be giving one of the keynote addresses.

C&T London 2013: Registration Open; Speaker Deadline Approaching July 9, 2013

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Lots of announcements to make regarding our Copyright and Technology London 2013 conference coming up on October 17.

First I am very pleased to announce our keynote speaker: Richard Hooper CBE, the media and telecommunications industry veteran whom the UK Intellectual Property Office commissioned to carry out the recent study that led to the recommendation for a Digital Copyright Exchange.

Secondly, conference registration is now open with early bird pricing through the end of summer.

Thirdly, sponsorships are still available.  Please email me if you would like to receive a sponsorship prospectus and explore the possibility of joining MarkMonitor, Reed Smith, and Civolution as sponsors.  If you are a trade association or other membership organization, we can offer registration discounts to your members if you become a media sponsor and help publicize the event.

Finally, we have several openings left for speakers and moderators.  Please take a look at the agenda and consider sending a proposal.  Please email it with the following information:

  • Speaker’s name and full contact information
  • Panel requested
  • Moderator or speaker request?
  • Description of speaker’s experience or point of view on the panel subject
  • Brief narrative bio of speaker
  • Contact info of representative, if different from speaker*

Please note that personal confirmation from speakers themselves is required before we will put them on the program.

UK IPO Publishes Digital Copyright Hub Report August 13, 2012

Posted by Bill Rosenblatt in Rights Licensing, Standards, UK.
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Last month, the UK Intellectual Property Office published a report called Copyright Works: streamlining copyright licensing for the digital age.  This is the second report in Richard Hooper CBE and Dr. Ros Lynch’s engagement with the UK IPO.  Hooper’s background includes positions at the top of the UK’s media and telecommunications industries; Lynch is a senior civil servant in the UK’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The second Hooper Report follows on the heels of several important developments in the UK regarding copyright in the digital age, most recently including the Digital Economy Act and the Hargreaves Review.  Having found (in the first Hooper Report) that the legal content marketplace is being held back by several obstacles, such as licensing difficulties, lack of standards, and deficiencies in both content and metadata, the second Hooper Report makes recommendations on how to solve the problems.

Unfortunately the recommendations in the second Hooper Report don’t go far enough.  Hooper and Lynch did a lot of research, talked to lots of people, and synthesized lots of information.  Most of their input appears to have come from established industry sources, including the major licensing entities in the UK, such as PRS and PPL (UK analogs to ASCAP and RIAA in the US); major media companies; trade associations; and standards initiatives engendered by the EU Digital Agenda such as the Global Repertoire Database (GRD) and Linked Content Coalition (LCC). They also researched important initiatives outside of the UK, such as the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service in the US.

Whereas the first Hooper Report established that major problems exist, this new report is best appreciated as a summary of the various initiatives being planned to solve pieces of them — such as the GRD and LCC.  Hooper and Lynch offer cogent explanations of problems to be solved: difficulty of licensing content into legitimate services, lack of complete and consistent information about content and rights, lack of standards for rights information and communication among relevant entities, resistance of collective licensing schemes to new business models, and the relative lack of content available for legal use through various channels.

The authors appear to understand that the various efforts being proposed are not going to solve all the problems by themselves.  On the other hand, they also understand problems of “not invented here,” and they take the pragmatic view that the best way forward is to work with existing standards and integrate them together rather than try to come up with some kind of overall solution that may not be practicable.

So far, so good; but that’s essentially where it all stops.  After explaining the problems and summarizing existing initiatives, the report tantalizingly lays out a vision for a Copyright Hub that will bring everything together.  It recommends government seed funding as a way of both kick-starting the Copyright Hub and ensuring that people work together to build it.

Unfortunately, the vision for the Copyright Hub turns out to be an inch deep.  It also lacks explanations of how, or if, all these initiatives — ranging from PRS and PPL’s efforts to offer “one-stop” music licenses all the way up through the technically sophisticated GRD — could fit together or even how they map to the elements in the proposed Copyright Hub.  The LCC project is looking at technical aspects of the integration issue, but it is conceived as an enabler of standards, not as a marketplace solution.  It’s possible that such a solution is envisioned as a next step in the process. But the report betrays evidence of a lack of technical understanding that would have benefited both the analysis and the envisioning of solutions.

For example: The report has a section on digital images, which discusses the problem that many images are stripped of their rights metadata as part of normal publishing processes.  It discusses the possibility of using Internet-standard Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs) to identify images and the work that entities such as Getty Images and the PLUS coalition are doing to create image registries and automate rights licensing.  But when put in this context, the solution to the metadata stripping problem is obvious: watermarking, the standard way of ensuring that data travels with content.  The problem can be solved with a standard watermarking scheme whose payload includes a serial identifier that can be used to reference a URI in a registry.  This is what the RIAA proposed for music in the U.S. in 2009, albeit to precious little fanfare; but Hooper and his people didn’t see it.  (They use the word “embed” without appearing to understand its meaning.)  There are other examples like this.

The report mentions “long tail” licensing — not as in long tail content, but as in long tail uses of content rights.  The work that needs to be done should, the report rightly says, address the large and growing number of low-value licensing transactions rather than, say, Universal Music Group licensing to Spotify or Deezer (the kind of deal that will always get done the old-fashioned way).  Unfortunately, the authors don’t seem to have talked to many people who try to get such licensing.  They should, for example, have sought out startup companies that have to navigate the impenetrable maze of direct licensing deals with rights holders,  face the rigidity of collecting societies that won’t accommodate their innovative business models, and make separate deals in 27 member states to get a pan-European service launched.

Overall, the second Hooper Report reads like a particularly well-informed version of the typical industry response to a government body’s investigation into industry practices: look at all the steps we’re already taking to solve this problem; leave us alone.

As a result, the new Hooper Report is a solid foundation on which to build solutions, but it doesn’t provide enough forward direction.  It’s all very well to talk about respecting the growing body of valuable work that different organizations are doing to solve online content licensing problems, avoiding “not invented here,” promoting open standards, and so on.  But the work that must be done will necessarily include tasks that are tedious and contentious, aspects that the Hooper Report glosses over.

Metadata schemes will have to be rationalized against one another; gaps and incompatibilities will have to be identified and eliminated.  Rights holders whose metadata is incomplete or poor quality will have to be identified and given sufficient incentive to improve.  Well-intentioned standards initiatives with overlapping or conflicting goals will have to change.  Digital holdouts will have to be convinced to participate.  And the many organizations with vested interests in maintaining the status quo will have to be called out as part of the problem rather than the solution.  This may be ugly work, but it will have to get done.

C&T London 2012 Conference Program Takes Shape April 30, 2012

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The program for the Copyright and Technology London 2012 Conference, to be held on June 19, now has most speakers confirmed, and I am quite excited about the lineup.

Graduated response is on many Europeans’ minds nowadays.  We will have Eric Walter, Secretary General of Hadopi, speaking on the subject.  M. Walter was appointed by French President Sarkozy to run the authority for administering the progressive response law that France enacted three years ago — and which many other countries are studying to gauge its effectiveness.

Our Conference Sponsor, MarkMonitor, is working with me to organize a panel on the collection and use of piracy data.  The ground is shifting in the piracy monitoring field, from a focus purely on enforcement towards use of the data for business intelligence purposes.  MarkMonitor will explore this trend and what it means for copyright owners.

I have been working with Nic Garnett, former Executive Director of IFPI and now an attorney at Simons Muirhead & Burton, on the legal track of the agenda.  We have added a panel covering international perspectives on digital copyright, to be moderated by Nic himself.  He’ll have panelists from the US, Australia, and continental Europe sharing developments and comparing notes.

We will also have a good discussion of developments in the area of rights registries, featuring representatives of the Linked Content Coalition and the WIPO International Music Registry.

Our speaker roster is almost full, though we have a couple of openings left.  (In particular, we’d love to have someone on the skeptical side of the graduated response issue to balance things out.)

In addition, two sponsorship opportunities remain.  Please inquire if you are interested in that.

Finally, the early bird registration offer will expire shortly… so register today!  I hope to see many of you in London on June 19.

Copyright and Technology London 2012 Conference April 18, 2012

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I am proud to announce the expansion of the Copyright and Technology Conference to London after two successful years in New York.

We are partnering with Music Ally to present Copyright and Technology London 2012 on June 19, at the King’s Fund, located near Oxford Circus in central London.  Online registration is available, with Early Bird discount through May 4.

Please see the conference page for the agenda and program.  We are proud to have MarkMonitor as our Conference Sponsor, as well as Civolution and the law firm of Simons Muirhead & Burton as Partner Sponsors.  Sponsorships are still available; please inquire to receive a brochure.

The conference program focuses on topics that should be of particular currency and interest to Europeans, including graduated response, rights registries, multi-platform content security, and content identification technologies.  I am working with Nic Garnett of Simons Muirhead on the law and policy aspects of the program.

We are currently accepting proposals for moderating and speaking; deadline is April 30.  Please send proposals with the following:

  • Name, title, and organization
  • Session(s) requested
  • Brief summary of speaker/moderator’s point of view, perspective, and/or experience regarding the panel topic(s)
  • Full contact information

Please note that personal confirmation from the proposed speaker will be required before we will put him or her on the agenda, and moderator proposals will receive preferential treatment.

I am excited about this event and hope that many of you will attend or participate!  Watch this space for more details as they emerge.

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