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Keynote

Copyright Regime vs. Civil Liberties

Rick Falkvinge

Date: Thursday, July 26
Time: 9:30am - 9:45am
Location: Portland Ballroom

Rick Falkvinge, the founder of the Swedish Pirate Party and the international politicized pirate movement, talks about the rise and success of pirates, and why pirates are necessary in today's politics. He'll also outline the next steps in the pirates' strategy to change global copyright laws.

The fight against copyright aggression tends to focus on economic aspects of the shift to a networked economy. Falkvinge explains how this conflict is much more important than that: the fight against the copyright regime is about the right to fundamental civil liberties -- down to the postal secret, whistleblower protection, freedom of the press, and the very right to an identity.