Adam Singer gave a response from the stage that was full of fantastic rhetoric, describing the emerging market for 3D printers as a harbinger of a world in which all creative IP is under threat from piracy: "It doesn't matter if the button says 'print' [in reference to 3D printers] or 'burn' - all design will become simply a file to be shared". He saw strong IP as the "intellectual hygiene of a networked world", suggesting that IP law should be taught as the "new domestic science" in schools, as it was the most important future skill for creative entrepreneurs. His rhetoric, although very entertaining, was from the dystopian end of the telescope - "each time bandwith increases, another industry will fall [because of IP theft]". You could try to unpick all the false assumptions in that last sentence, but frankly, its not worth it. Just sit back and bask in the warm glow of his fire and brimstone. In fairness, Adam Singer is far more measured and informed than the above quotes suggest (despite describing Lawrence Lessig as the "Martin Luther of copyright" that the music industry had failed to burn...), but he's a great public speaker, and it's his job to provoke.Link
I asked a question to the panel about the kind of industry trends that the DCMS were looking into when developing new IP models for the creative industries. Writers like Henry Chesbrough and Eric Von Hippel have documented trends in 'old' industries like Pharma and Engineering towards 'open innovation' models. Emerging best practise is to maximise your return from IP through a range of licensing models outside your own company, moving from old models of patent enforcement to open licensing models with peer companies and even Von Hippel's 'Free Revealing', where IP is given up in order to drive other competitive advantages.
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