The Continued Evolution of Online Governance
On October 19th, government and industry representatives joined local scholars and international experts in presenting an international copyright conference in Taipei entitled ‘The Continued Evolution of Online Governance’ held at Chinese Culture University’s downtown conference center.
Organized by the Centre for Content Promotion (CCP), Chinese Culture University (CCU) with support from the Taiwan International Federation Of Creative And Technology (TIFOCAT), Soochow University, and the National Taipei University of Technology, the conference examined recent local and international developments in online governance and the concerns of Taiwan’s film and television producers and the operators of legitimate online distribution platforms.
Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) Director General Yu-Ying Chang was among those providing welcoming remarks to the 100+ attendees, and TIPO Section Chief, Copyright Division, Yi-Chin Chen participated in a lively panel discussion – televised in local news reports that evening – comprised of industry representatives from the Satellite Television Broadcasting Association and online video platform operators LiTV and iQYi.
CCP Founding Director and Counsel Frank Rittman provided a global overview of recent developments in both online governance as well as online piracy, while former UK Parliamentarian and Intellectual Property Advisor to the Prime Minister, Mike Weatherley, delivered a keynote address on ‘Best Practices Learned from the UK’, which examined a number of governance initiatives he proposed that have seen proven effective in deterring piracy.
Economist Dr. Brett Danaher, who has researched the effect of infringing copyright site blocking in terms of both traffic to the blocked sites as well as traffic to legitimate distribution sites in various jurisdictions throughout the world, presented a summary of his findings while a representative from Japan’s Content Overseas Distribution Association (CODA) provided a comprehensive report concerning ongoing developments in that important market.
A panel moderated by Grand Justice Ming-Cheng Tsai comprised of local university professors and a prominent local attorney examined Taiwan’s legal regime in terms of online governance, followed by a report from by a senior representative from Taiwan’s National Communications Commission. A general discussion involving all the speakers and attendees closed the event.
In addition to the featured panelists, several other local industry representatives voiced concern to government representatives in attendance about the effect that gaps in Taiwan’s legislation – particularly site blocking against infringing mainland sites targeting Taiwan consumers – have on the future and continued growth of legitimate online distribution models, urging administrators and legislators to take note of international trends and developments for the benefit of Taiwan’s consumers and creators.