Copyright Under a Magnifying Glass: Thought Provoking Ideas
A report from a workshop co-organised by the Internet Society (Christine Runnegar) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (Victor Vazquez) at the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) on 29 September 2011 at Nairobi, Kenya.
Considerable efforts are being undertaken across the world to develop new transborder solutions to online copyright infringement. Countries, regional and international organisations are also reviewing legal frameworks to assess whether they need to be updated in light of technological developments in content distribution (e.g. the Internet) and the general trend towards globalisation. Examples include: ACTA, the EC review of Directive 2004/48/EC, the PROTECT IP bill, work being undertaken by WIPO, OECD and others on Internet intermediaries.
Our objective for this workshop was to facilitate a robust multi-perspective discussion and generate thought provoking ideas regarding:
- Opportunities for the creation, distribution and monetisation of digital content
- New challenges for the protection of copyright
- Deriving value from digital content (old and new models)
- Perspectives on future content delivery
- Opportunities for improving licensing systems
- Challenges (including technical) to detecting infringement and identifying infringers
- Deep Packet Inspection and other means for detection
- International policy work on Internet intermediaries (OECD and WIPO)
- Internet intermediaries and the protection of copyright
- Technical enforcement measures
- Complications copyright enforcement can create for public access intermediaries
- Challenges in balancing copyright with other rights enjoyable in the Internet environment, such as free expression, access to information, education and culture
- Potential solutions
- Paul Brigner, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Policy Officer, Motion Picture Association of America
- Stuart Hamilton, Senior Policy Advisor, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
- Malcolm Hutty, Head of Public Affairs, London Internet Exchange (LINX) and President, EuroISPA
- Pedro Less Andrade, Senior Policy Counsel Latin America, Google Inc.
- Kurt Opsahl, Senior Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation
- Karine Perset, Administrator, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
- Shane Tews, Vice President for Global Public Policy and Government Relations, VeriSign, Inc.
- Victor Vazquez Lopez, Senior Legal Counselor, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
Moderator: Christine Runnegar, Senior Policy Advisor, Internet Society
Remote moderator: Maria Casey, Internet Society Returning IGF Ambassador