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Partnership with All That Matters 2016

The CCP is proud to announce a partnership with Branded Ltd. for the upcoming All That Matters conference.

“FOUR STAGES. FOUR TRACKS. THOUSANDS OF BUSINESS CONNECTIONS. ONE PASS.”

The award-winning All That Matters (including the ‘Music Matters Live’ festival) returns to Singapore this September 12-15, 2016.

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from a Global line-up of keynote speakers and connect with the leading players in the Music, Sports and Digital entertainment industries.

With one ticket buying you access to all conference tracks, there has never been a more valuable time to be part of Asia’s biggest entertainment event of the year.”

  • Event website: http://www.allthatmatters.asia
  • Venue: MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands Singapore
  • Address: 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
  • Date: 12-15th September 2016

Click here to receive a 15% discount off the VIP rate by using the bespoke CCP Registration Code when registering online: CONTENTPROVIP
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Insight & Analysis Lecture Series

Insight & Analysis Lecture Series

http://wp.contentpromotion.net/ and the Applied Research Centre for Intellectual Assets and the Law in Asia (ARCIALA) have partnered on a thought leadership initiative which aims at exploring and discussing current and emerging issues in the areas of creative development, technological innovation, and social discourse. The initiative consists on a series of 60-75 minutes lectures  – the Insight & Analysis Lecture Series featuring acclaimed international speakers and compelling topics

The lectures will take place at Singapore Management University and will be webcasted and made available through designated channels.  Guest speakers will have an allocated time to present, and their presentations will be followed by one-on-one engagement with a distinguished commentator and a Q&A session with audience attendees. Each lecture will be followed by a reception sponsored by the organizers, which will provide further opportunities for informal networking between the speakers and the attendees.

FIRST LECTURE – DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET IN THE EUROPEAN UNION

SYNOPSIS

The European Union has embarked upon an ambitious strategy which aims to create a Digital Single Market where “the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital is ensured — and where citizens and businesses can seamlessly and fairly access online goods and services: whatever their nationality, and wherever they live.” An important piece of this ambitious endeavour concerns adapting EU copyright rules to certain “realities”, including technological change and new consumer behaviours, while at the same time maintaining the requisite level of protection and preserving cultural diversity across the EU. In his presentation, Mr. Shapiro will provide a general update on the EU’s DSM project with a focus on copyright reforms.

Speaker

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Ted Shapiro is a partner with over 20 years’ experience who heads Wiggin’s Brussels office. He is a recognised expert in international and European copyright law assisting clients on issues related to policy, litigation, compliance and commercial matters. He is also experienced in managing campaigns to influence legislation as well as helping organisations and companies navigate the legislative and regulatory environment at the international, EU and Member State levels. Mr. Shapiro joined Wiggin in January 2013 from the Motion Picture Association in Brussels, where he was the General Counsel for Europe. In addition to overseeing the operation of a multi-jurisdictional litigation and compliance programme, he was in charge of the provision of legal services to senior MPA executives and the MPA’s member studios related to intellectual property, new media, collective management, audiovisual regulation, competition, trade and data protection issues. In 2011, Mr. Shapiro co-published a book on copyright law entitled “Copyright in the Information Society: A Guide to National Implementation of the European Directive”. He has also written numerous articles on copyright issues including on recent judgments of the Court of Justice of the EU. He is admitted to the bar of Massachusetts, and is a registered European lawyer with the Brussels Bar and a solicitor in England and Wales.

Commentator

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Mark Lim is Senior Legal Counsel with the IP Academy of Singapore and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS). He currently heads the Hearings and Mediation Group at IPOS, provides legal advice for the IP Management for Public Agencies programme; and oversees the development and curation of training events in the area of IP law for the legal  community in Singapore. Prior to joining IPOS in 2010, Mark was a lawyer in private practice for 15 years. At his last firm, a medium-sized law firm in Singapore, he established and headed the IP, Media & Entertainment Department. Mark’s work encompassed all areas of IP law, including both contentious as well as non-contentious IP matters. Mark was also the Vice-Chairman for the Singapore Law Society’s IP Committee for several years. He has published many articles in both local and international journals, including the Singapore Academy of Law Journal, European Intellectual Property Review, Journal of International Arbitration, Copyright World and Trademark World. Mark is also a co-author of the volume on IP in Halsbury’s Laws of Singapore. He has been recognized as a leading IP lawyer in a number of international publications.

Moderator

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Frank Rittman is a Founding Director of the Centre for Content Promotion. An independent consultant operating primarily in the fields of media, entertainment, and cross-market development, Frank most recently served as the Senior Vice President, Deputy Managing Director and Asia-Pacific Regional Policy Officer for the Motion Picture Association, a trade association representing six international producers and distributors of filmed entertainment.  Prior to that Frank was the Vice President of International Affairs for the National Music Publishers’ Association and The Harry Fox Agency, Inc.  A native New Yorker, Frank began his career as the Director of Contracts & Copyrights for the Macmillan Publishing Company and his professional appointments include serving as a former Chairman of the New York County Lawyers’ Association Entertainment Law Committee, as well as on the Board of Directors of CASBAA, the non-profit association representing the pay-TV interests in the Asia Pacific region.

The next Insight & Analysis Lecture will be delivered by the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore, His Excellency Mr. Kirk Wagar, on 15 November 2016.

Participants who wish to claim CPD Points are reminded that they must comply strictly with the Attendance Policy set out in the CPD Guidelines. This includes signing in on arrival and signing out at the conclusion of the activity in the manner required by the organiser, and not being absent from the entire activity for more than 15 minutes. Participants who do not comply with the Attendance Policy will not be able to obtain CPD Points for attending the activity. Please refer to www.sileCPDcentre.sg for more information

Please note that your photograph, audio-video or other recordings may be taken during the event for use by Singapore Management University in social media, promotional collaterals, event publicity, and other related purposes.

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Admission is free, but seats may be limited. Attendance is by registration only. Please register by 1 September 2016.

Date & Time

9 September 2016 (Friday)

4.00pm to 5.30pm
(Registration starts from 3.30pm onwards)

Venue

SMU Administration Building
Function Room 4.1, Level 4
81 Victoria Street
Singapore 188065

Public CPD Points

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1.5 points (provided SILE’s CPD Attendance Policy is complied with)

Practice Area

Intellectual Property

Training Level

General

Location Map

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Programme

3.30pm Registration

4.00pm Lecture by Mr Ted Shapiro

5.00pm Comments by Mr Mark Lim

5.15pm Discussion and Q & A

5.30pm Refreshments & End of Event

 

 

Patrick Grove

THE FUTURE OF ONLINE CONTENT DELIVERY IN ASIA: BOOM OR BUST?

By Patrick Grove, posted 20 August 2016.

The internet has prompted an exciting revolution in content delivery. Internet video streaming and downloads are on track to account for over 80% of all consumer internet traffic by 2019. As an entrepreneur, this is a huge opportunity!
As the Co-Founder and Chairman of Asia’s fastest-growing subscription video service, iFlix, which launched operations in 2015, the media and entertainment industry in the region is on the verge or significant disruption.

But, without the proper support of governments and policy makers the full potential for this unprecedented opportunity will never be realized.

Nowhere is the potential for robust growth in this sector more attainable than Asia. Roughly 61% of the estimated 950 million homes here now receive multi-channel TV and the region accounts for well more than 1 billion internet users. More than 280 million smartphone subscribers are located in the ASEAN region, well more than in the United States (210 million) or the European Union (200 million). Audiences in Asia love staying connected and being entertained. The three cities with the highest penetration of Facebook users are Jakarta, Manila, and Bangkok. In fact, iFlix subscribers in the Philippines – one of our four markets today – spend more than three hours on average per day viewing movies and television programs. The Internet TV revolution has begun!

Because the world is a smaller place than it was 10 years ago, consumers in Asia can access this content in greater volumes, at greater speeds, earlier, and in different formats that can be consumed across any number of devices and platforms when and where they decide. Most of these new media services arrive over broadband data lines, which has given rise to ‘OTT’ video, meaning content delivered ‘over the top’ of broadband data. So the business of delivering video and television programming to consumers is in the midst of a sea-change driven by new media devices, growing broadband penetration, and particularly in Asia by the emergence of a new generation who consume media for several hours at a time via multiple devices and in multiple settings.

Industry is quickly responding by creating better, more compelling content and launching new services through which content can be delivered to consumers quickly, securely, and at a reasonable price. iFlix, for example, now proudly operates in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand, enjoyed by millions of consumers for roughly USD 2-3 per month. Research undertaken by the Motion Picture Association estimated that in addition to iFlix there are now about 74 other legitimate online content services operating throughout Asia.

OTT service providers employ a wide variety of business models that that all depend heavily on technological protection measures and digital rights management technology to facilitate different consumer experiences. This is why modernizing copyright laws to incorporate WIPO Copyright Treaty protections into national legislation is imperative, because a primary challenge to the continued growth of the pay-tv industry and legitimate OTT services is rampant online piracy. Nowadays consumers can access illegal content through cyberlockers, live streaming sites, and peer-to-peer networks just as easily as they access legitimate offerings through catch-up television, or transactional or subscription-based video on demand services. It’s often said at iFLIX that are number 1 competitor is actually piracy.

Some jurisdictions around the world, including a growing number in the Asia Pacific region, employ site blocking remedies to restrict consumers’ access within their borders to blatantly infringing sites located outside of the authorities’ jurisdictions. Australia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and South Korea, are useful examples in this regard. It’s great that two of the four regional markets in which iFlix where we operate offer this kind of protection but we need others in the region, particularly the Philippines and Thailand, to follow suit, because the results are encouraging. Research from Carnegie Mellon University focusing on the United Kingdom, showed that following blocking orders against a limited number of sites there in 2014, consumer traffic to legitimate streaming sites experienced a corresponding increase. Yet the UK Intellectual Property Office’s Online Copyright Infringing Tracker report reflects that overall numbers of film and television downloads is constant, suggesting that despite the availability of legitimate alternatives, inveterate infringers are accessing even more illegal content from alternative (i.e. un-blocked) pirate sites.

Because in addition to pirate websites another phenomenon particular to the film and television industries and increasingly popular in Asia is the sale of “black boxes” that allow users to receive streams of virtually any unauthorized video content on demand from unlawful external servers. These boxes are all too easy to purchase, install, and set up and they make available large volumes of programming (both live broadcast channels and video on demand) to less tech-savvy consumers who would traditionally not have viewed it on a computer. These devices and apps effectively take piracy straight into the living rooms of average families.

They steal revenues not only from producers of premium programming like movies and sports, but also from everyday broadcasters, who lose the ability to generate income from advertising on their own terrestrial channels or their own websites, and from governments to whom they pay no taxes or licensing fees. It’s usually not the boxes themselves that infringe, but the applications loaded into them. The boxes instead usually serve as a conduit through which infringing content can be accessed. Some of the infringing Apps require a subscription fee in order to access channels, but certainly no license fees are ever paid to the copyright owners!

Because of this so-called ‘mere conduit’ concern, some regional governments take the view that their national laws insufficiently protect content providers and authorized licensees against proscriptions to address the proliferation of black box devices and this is yet another reason why copyright laws need to be modernized. For example, the 1996 WIPO Internet treaties require that an exclusive ‘communication right’ be extended to copyright owners, with related criminal penalties, to prevent streaming copyrighted works without the copyright owners’ consent.   Authorities in some jurisdictions claim that the lack of such a right in their copyright laws hinders their efforts to mount effective prosecutions. Hong Kong is notable example here, and it’s lamentable that amendments to Hong Kong’s Copyright Ordinance that would have helped in this regard first promulgated in 2006 failed yet again to pass through the Legislative Council.

The offshore dimension of online piracy also makes enforcement of national laws difficult. Notice and takedown schemes are irrelevant if operators intentionally set up in territories with no such infrastructure, or if the operators simply don’t care about compliance because they want to instead make money off of pirated content. But as mentioned earlier, a number of jurisdictions across the region have adopted mechanisms to block access to non-compliant offshore websites. Internet intermediaries can also play an important part in addressing piracy by cutting revenue flows to pirate sites and restricting payments by advertising services and credit card processors. Search engines can remove pirate programing and sites from their search results so that they’re less accessible to ordinary consumers.

Governments must therefore address the growth and proliferation of illegitimate OTT services, particularly those located off-shore, if they want to see us survive and contribute to their national economies. Legal OTT is a welcome development and legitimate service providers throughout Asia, particularly iFlix, are making good use of it. Our goal at iFlix is in fact to revolutionize internet TV in emerging markets globally. But illegal OTT is hugely damaging and will prevent content and service providers like us from generating the revenues necessary to support the future of the industry if solutions to these problems are not found and implemented.

Patrick Grove is the co-founder and Chairman of Catcha Group’s business, iFlix, Southeast Asia’s leading Internet TV service.

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