I was not able to attend the “Stealing Booty” event I advertsied last Friday, but some other copyfighters (am I a copyfighter now?) were able to attend and have given some very good reports. The first one comes from former student Jordan Hatcher, who wrote a very good article here.
The other report comes from music enthusiast Paul Harkins. Paul comments that:
“The lawyer on the panel talked about the protecting the value of IP and the representatives from PACT and the UK Film Council outlined the mechanics of the film industry and how those involved in making film lose income from counterfeit copies. They stressed that small producers are the ones who will suffer but an audience member made a good point that producers in Europe should be more concerned about the current stranglehold over distribution than piracy.
The most entertaining interventions were made by Nick Love, the director of The Business and The Football Factory. The latter was one of the most pirated films in the UK but took £1 million at the box office and sold 500,000 DVDs so his attitude to piracy was laissez faire to say the least. One of his mates who had seen a pirated copy had complained that it was too long to which he replied: ‘that’s because I’ve still got 3 months to edit it!'”
Thanks to Paul and Jordan for their emails.