This week, Tim speaks with his childhood friend Cory Doctorow, who is digital rights activist, the co-editor of BoingBoing, and the author of several science fiction novels, including Little Brother and Homeland. Cory discusses why he writes for young adults, the state of copyright law, and more.
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This week’s Tech City talk is about intellectual property and copyright in a digital age. How do we balance between the competing needs of the creative industry: to protect themselves, but stay open enough to ensure continued innovation?
On the panel to discuss rights and ownership is Ed Vaizey MP (minister for culture, communications and creative industries), Professor Ian Hargreaves (chair of digital economy at the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies), Feargal Sharkey (chief executive of UK Music), Jonathan Haskel (professor of economics at Imperial College Business School) and Jeff Lynn (chairman of Coadec).
Downes talks about the Protect IP Act, a bill recently introduced into Congress that aims to curtail infringement of intellectual property rights online by so-called rogue websites. Downes argues that forcing intermediaries to blacklist domain names has the potential to “break the internet.” He discusses how the rogue website problem could better be addressed and how the proposed bill could be improved.
"Why Copyright?" is the central question in locating the importance of copyright within larger political debates — what are the impacts of copyright reform on art, creativity and culture? What are the impacts of copyright regulation on the future of the internet and other mobile technologies? What are the larger issues of digital advocacy inspired by current copyright debates? And finally, what are possible repercussions on online public forums and governance?
Answered in four parts by Dr. Geist, the fate of creativity and cultural preservation, and a more general address of how Canadians can access, use and share knowledge serves to counter common arguments in the media couched in issues of illegal downloading through peer-to-peer networks, digital locks, and software piracy.