[EuroPython] Proposal: Keynote speakers for EP 2008

John Pinner funthyme at gmail.com
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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