Metro Screen hosts piracy debate

Metro Screen will host a debate about online piracy on Wednesday 7 November. The panel will include film critic Marc Fennell, Lori Flekser, executive director of the Intellectual Property Awareness Foundation, Adrianne Pecotic, CEO of the Independent Cinema Association of Australia, Tim Parsons COO of Quickflix and Rodney Serkwoski, founder of the Pirate Party Australia.

The debate will be moderated by Carolyn Dalton, executive director of Policy Australia.

The announcement:

As Harvey Weinstein declared in his keynote speech last week at the London BFI Film Festival “One of the great problems that our industry faces is piracy and piracy on the internet.” 

Metro Screen, the NSW film, TV and digital media industry hub is hosting an industry debate Wednesday 7 November, 6.30 – 8.00pm at the Chauvel Cinema in Paddington. Each speaker will have 5 minutes to speak to the proposition: 
That all content should be made available to everyone, everywhere, immediately.

 Speakers include a broad range of expert opinions:
- Marc Fennell – Film Critic and host of Radio National technology program ‘Download This Show’
- Lori Flekser – Executive Director, Intellectual Property Awareness Foundation
- Adrianne Pecotic – CEO, Independent Cinema Association of Australia
- Tim Parsons – COO, Quickflix
- Rodney Serkowski – Founder, Pirate Party Australia

The debate will be moderated by Carolyn Dalton, Executive Director of Policy Australia and one of Australia’s best known and well respected policy lawyers and strategic thinkers. A copyright law specialist, she is also an expert adviser having worked with key participants in the online copyright debate. Carolyn is an Advisory Committee Member on the Australian Law Reform Commission copyright review and holds an Australia Day award for her work in copyright.

Screen Australia’s Chief Operating Officer, Fiona Cameron will overview findings about online audience trends and connections to illegal downloading based on recent research projects Beyond The Box Office and What To Watch.

Screen industry VIP guests and the audience will have the opportunity to participate in the discussion during a Q&A session following the debate speeches.

“Everyone talks about how the music industry ignored illegal downloading for too long and suffered the consequences. Is the screen industry doing any better as we all hook in to the NBN? The aim of this debate is to go beyond entrenched positions and to develop a productive discussion around piracy. What can we learn from it and how can we best serve the audience and the industry?” 
Christina Alvarez – CEO, Metro Screen

Tickets are $15 + booking fee available from the Metro Screen website

Industry Debate: Piracy
Wednesday 7 November 2012
6.30pm – 8.00pm
Chauvel Cinema, Oxford Street Paddington

Event details
Twitter: #piracydebate presented by @MetroScreen
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Source: Metro Screen press release


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