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4. Workshop 6: The Internet of 2020: Future services

This was the workshop where everybody said they did not know what was going to happen in the future. Still, copyright was in the centre of attention of the discussion, with the “old” generation considering it a restriction and the “young” generation saying that there was no information which one cannot find for free. The European Youth Forum representative added that he was not happy with illegally downloading content, but he was not happy with Tom Cruise earning 15 million euro while he could not always afford going to the cinema either.

For me, the latest remark, together with the overall problem with privacy, shows the entire entertainment model should be reconsidered and made fairer. For example, musicians should earn more from live performances than from CD sales. (Something which is proving to be successful over the past years.) This is how they will continue earning from their product and people who cannot afford buying music will be able to have fun.

One of the most valuable interventions was the one saying that policy issues should be discussed the other way around. In particular, people should think about how Internet should continue being the driver of innovation and then elaborate rules. What is happening now is that people are making rules that could potentially stop the Internet from being the driver of innovation.

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