[EuroPython] Proposal: Keynote speakers for EP 2008
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Thu Mar 27 12:56:35 CET 2008
On 26/03/2008, Laura Creighton <lac at openend.se> wrote:
> In a message of Wed, 26 Mar 2008 12:14:58 +0100, Steve Alexander writes:
> >I want to propose two keynote speakers for EuroPython this year. Let me
> >know what you think of this.
> >The first is Karl Fogel, author of the Red Bean book on Subversion. His
> >web site and weblog is at http://rants.org/
> >Karl's current passion is copyright reform, so I propose inviting him to
> >give a keynote at EuroPython about what's up with copyright, and what we
> >can do about it.
> >The second is Van Lindberg. Van is a Python programmer and also a
> >lawyer at a US law firm. He gave a keynote at PyCon this month, also
> >about copyright, showing how it works, what it's for, its history and
> >its problems.
> >-- Steve
> One of the greatest problems we face in Europe is overexposure to the
> USA version of copyright. People here believe that the law, history,
> and whatnot is the same as in the USA, when it is not.
> Through FFII I have many splendid connections with Europeans who are
> working on copyright reform both Europe wide and in their own countries --
> in the Netherlands in particular things are getting very interesting
> right now -- so if this is a topic we would like to persue, I think
> it would work better as a panel discussion with experts from all over.
> Having helped host 2 conferences discussing how to make reforms in
> patents trademarks and copyrights in the last 16 months, I know
> where to round up the usual suspects.
The European position is quite different, but equally important. I
think that we should have a copyright session (panel?) and leave the
choice of speakers to Laura's judgement.
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