Pirates and Posses: The Battle Over Digital Copyright
Recorded on October 23, 2002
The Heritage Foundation's Van Andel Center
As the Internet has grown, digital technologies have made it
increasingly easy to copy and distribute creative works
without payment. Expanding "peer-to-peer" systems such as KaZaA
allow millions of Americans to download movies and music free of
charge. Copyright owners crying "foul," saying their property is
being stolen, and incentives to create stunted. But what, if
anything, should be done? Where does the consumer interest lie? The
struggle to answer these questions have entangled some of the
highest-profile sectors of the U.S. economy - ranging from
Hollywood to Silicon Valley - in an increasing bitter debate.
Please join us on October 23, as our panelists, representing a
range of viewpoints, discuss these issues at a lunchtime forum.