Youth Internet Governance Forum Session (YIGF)

Date: 19 July 2012 (Thursday)

Time: 16:30 – 18:00

Venue: Room 17603, 6th Floor, Building No.17, Aoyama Campus, Aoyama Gakuin University

Topic: Copyrights and Internet Piracy
Copyright is a legal concept, enacted by most governments, giving exclusive rights to the creator of its original work, usually for a limited time. Generally, it is “the right to copy”, but also gives the copyright holder the right to be credited for the work, to determine who may adapt the work to other forms, who may financially benefit from it, and other related rights. While Internet piracy refers to the illegal reproduction and/or distribution of any copyrighted digital files to the Internet. Due to the relative ease on committing crimes on Internet, Internet piracy has become a global matter. Legislation or Internet censorship tends to be suggested solutions, but is difficult to strike a balance between protecting freedom of expression, and the rights of creators, while still under debate.

Debate and Presentations
Youth participants will have a warm up and stakeholder group simulations in the morning sessions. After experiencing different perspectives in previous sessions, youth participants were assigned into different stakeholder groups, and ready for open discussion. Participants will first debate on Copyright and Internet Governance issues, followed by presentations of their findings and opinions on the issues, as well as the importance of youth participation from their assigned stakeholder perspectives.

All guests from every perspective are welcomed to our open discussion,  sharing your insights, experiences and knowledge with us.

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