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The Problem With Piracy: IP Awareness in a Changing Digital Landscape

54% of 18-24 year-old Australians are active pirates – and the rate and frequency is increasing every year.

Piracy is a growing problem for filmmakers. Many emerging filmmakers are banking on the financing, distribution and recoupment models having evolved by the time they are working in the industry. What if change does not come fast enough, or doesn’t stem the financial losses to piracy?

The digital piracy debate has never been hotter and the digital landscape is changing again. New site-blocking legislation passed in the Australian Senate last week, allowing rights holders to go to court to block overseas websites that facilitate access to copyright-infringing content. The ISP Notification Scheme rolls out in September and the consequences of the recent Dallas Buyers Club Federal Court decision will start to be felt soon.

Lori Flekser, Director of the IP Awareness Foundation and GM of the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA), lead this discussion of the multifaceted impact piracy has on developing and sustaining a career in the film/TV industry. A former filmmaker and AFC/Screen Australia Manager, Lori understands the industry: from development through to content monetisation.

Jo Bladen, General Manager – Studios, Australia & New Zealand, The Walt Disney Company (Australia) also joined the discussion providing insight from the perspective of one of Australia’s most high-profile distributors.

Where: Open Channel, 476 Docklands Drive, Docklands VIC
When: Wednesday 8th July, 6.00pm
Cost: Free for Open Channel members, $10 for non-members