Thursday, November 23, 2006

A Conference on Media Piracy and Intellectual Property in South East Asia
Sponsored by the Goethe Institute, Manila, and the UP Film Institute

Date: November 24, 2006, 9:00 am .. to 5:00 pm
UP Diliman College of Mass Communication Auditorium

Many Filipinos still remember the "Asian Edition" - a scheme during
the Marcos years, when American textbooks were reprinted locally and
without paying royalties to the original publishers. Now, "Asian
Edition" serves as title for a conference that will look at the
phenomenon of media piracy in South East Asia today.

Music, movie and software piracy is one of the most prominent
media issues of the digital millennium. In the Philippines it has started
a whole underground economy and currently seems to change the way
movies and other media products are distributed and consumed products
here and in other South East Asian countries.

The goal of the event is to contribute to an informed discussion
of media piracy and issues of Intellectual Property in the age of
digital reproduction. Instead of portraying piracy exclusively as a
crime against artists and distributors, the event will look at piracy
as a social, cultural and economic phenomenon. And it will discuss
new concepts of addressing ownership of Intellectual Property
such as Creative Commons and Open Source.

Dr. Tilman Baumg?rtel, Visiting Professor at the University of the
Philippines, organizes the conference.

Confirmed participants include:

Raymond Red, film director, Manila
Cornelia Sollfrank, artist, Hamburg
Raul Pertierra, sociologist, Manila
Rolando Tolentino, National University Singapore
Volker Grassmuck, writer, Berlin
Khavn de la Cruz, film director, Manila

More information at:
www.asian-edition. org

The conference is free and open to the public.


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