Foundation Releases Transcript of Policy Conversation
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Will the logic of the common interest and the desires of consumers for more and better digital content cause the content, technology and telecommunications industries to reach accord in the ongoing intellectual property protection debates? “Yes,” says The Progress & Freedom Foundation’s James V. DeLong. He takes heart in the exchange between high-level representatives of the sectors at a Foundation panel he moderated, “Can’t We All Just Get Along: The Content, Tech and Telecom Industries Examine Intellectual Property.”
Participants in the March 14 PFF Congressional Seminar included: Jeffrey A. Campbell, director of Technology and Communications Policy for Cisco Systems; Sarah B. Deutsch, VP and associate general counsel at Verizon and Mitch Glazier, SVP of Government Relations and legislative counsel with the Recording Industry Association of America. A transcript of the June 10 conference, “Promoting Markets in Creativity: Copyright in the Internet Age,” will be released shortly.
“These problems can and will be resolved, and the cornucopia of content made possible by the Internet will become a reality,” DeLong told the panel. “But people simply have to find ways of cooperation, and I really think the logic of common interest will, in the end, prevail.” The following are some of the highlights of the ensuing discussion: Glazier: “We…enforce our rights in what we create and provide. We think this forms the basis for huge consumer benefits, including the entertainment that they love to hear and watch… At the same time, we have been working for several years to get legitimate services up and running to compete against the free services that are offered. And, as you can imagine, when you are operating in the legitimate world, it is very difficult.” Campbell: “As the technology [improves], we will be able to increasingly control what can and cannot be done with content as it is sold. There will be a wide variety of choices at a wide variety of price points that reflect the value of the products to the consumer and the value of the owner of the copyright. [But], at the end of the day, it is the property owners’ rights and responsibilities to control their property and to prevent theft.” Deutsch: “We are trying to figure out how we can work together in a more constructive manner…to both reduce levels of online copyright infringement and to grow our broadband networks. We would like to see a true digital détente that involves all the stakeholders…[whose] goals should be to reduce the number of online infringements and to grow broadband, because this would be good for all of us.”
The Progress & Freedom Foundation is a market-oriented think tank that studies the impact of the digital revolution and its implications for public policy. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1993.