The Trans Atlantic Consumer Dialogue hosted a meeting in Paris bringing together consumers and creators from around the world around intellectual property issues. I was there making a presentation on the American Fair Use part of U. S. copyright law and the struggle led by the Center for Social Mediar to reassert our right to use it in our creative work. I was presenting the Center and my organization Karemquin films.
It was the first time I was able to get a sense of how other countries deal with these issues. But most exciting to me was to come together across the artificial divide between consumers and creators and begin work on some common interests and understandings that would eventually be published as The Paris Accord. Of course It also was also great to connect with others in the U. S. who work on these issues like Jeff Chester, Center for Digital Democracy, Jenny Toomey, The Future of Music Coalition , and James Love and Manon Ress, Consumer Project on Technology.
You can find at this link extensive coverage of the June 2006 TACD Conference on New Relationships between Creative Communities and Consumers: www.tacd.org/events/creative-communities/index.htm