Remember 0xdb? The same folks who brought you this highly experimental yet very interesting P2P-based film database are organizing an event at the end of this month in Berlin that is called "The Oil of the 21st Century." It's about a new era of copyright warfares - and the new class of irregular combatants that you meet in file sharing networks and at pirate cinema events these days.

oil of the 21st century

From the website

"'Intellectual Property is the oil of the 21st century' - this quote by Mark Getty, chairman of Getty Images, one of the world's largest Intellectual Proprietors, offers a unique perspective on the current conflicts around copyrights, patents and trademarks. Not only does it open up the complete panorama of conceptual confusion that surrounds this relatively new and rather hallucinatory form of property - it must also be understood as a direct declaration of war."

The conference itself is on the 26th, 27th and 28th of October, with a preview being given at the 18th. Everything is going down in Berlin, but there will also be follow-up events in Umea, Sweden as well as Bombay, India. Sounds like a really interesting series of events. I won't be able to make it to any of them, but I hope there will be some kind of video documentation available afterwards ...

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