FSC's Anti-Piracy 101 Roundtables at Phoenix Forum

Tod Hunter
CANOGA PARK, Calif. — The Free Speech Coalition's first antipiracy educational roundtables were held at the Phoenix Forum last weekend. "Anti-Piracy 101," sponsored by Sureflix Digital Distribution, was designed to give businesses — especially small businesses that don’t have an attorney specifically devoted to copyright issues — an opportunity to understand piracy issues.

"We expected to provide a great deal of help to the industry’s smaller businesses," FSC Executive Director Diane Duke said. "But what both surprised and elated me was the number of larger established businesses that approached me after the roundtables saying that they learned a great deal and planned to implement changes Monday when they got back to their offices."

More than 70 participants broke into four groups to learn about how they could protect their businesses from both the threat and the reality of piracy. The roundtable topics were "Copyright 101," led by Adam Lucas, Manager of Compliance & Digital Video at SpecPub, Inc.; "Tracking Pirated Assets," led by Kevin Song, President of Ark Home Entertainment; "Cease-and-Desist Letters and Takedown Notices," led by attorney Greg Piccionelli of the firm Piccionelli & Sarno; and "Suing the Bastards," led by Jason Tucker, President of Falcon Foto and Founding Member of the PAK Group.

"We took a risk breaking off from the panel format typical to adult industry seminars," said Caryn Goldberg, FSC project coordinator and consultant on the FSC’s Piracy Project. "But the risk paid off. Participants loved the format, and we plan to duplicate it at our upcoming seminars."

FSC plans to offer the Anti-Piracy 101 roundtables again at the XBIZ Summer Forum in Las Vegas in July and at Internext in Hollywood, Florida in August, with the continued support of Sureflix Digital Distribution.