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Is ‘Three Strikes’ the Right Tool? Top French, British and Americans Discuss at Nov. 9 Breakfast

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WASHINGTON, November 4, 2010 – The internet and intellectual property policy news and events service invites the public to its FREE November event in its Intellectual Property Breakfast Club series, “Approaches by Internet Service Providers Around the World to Copyright Infringement.”

Our November 2010 panel continues the discussion about file-sharing and other forms of copyright infringement, but broadens it to the global stage, with a particular focus on the approaches of broadband providers outside the United States. What tactics have been deployed by ISPs in France and elsewhere? Will America follow suit?

The event will be held this Tuesday, November 9, 2010, at Clyde's of Gallery Place, 707 7th St. NW, Washington, D.C., from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. American and Continental breakfasts are included. The program begins shortly after 8:30 a.m.

The event is FREE. Registration is available at

Speakers at the November 9th event include:

  • Jean-Baptiste Soufron, a Strategic Innovation Analyst, Attorney and the Director of Think Digital, the think tank of Cap Digital, the French Public Agency for developing digital content and services R&D within the Paris Cluster. He also works with the Foundation of the Telecom Institute, the leading French institution for education and research in information and communication technologies. Previously, he was Chief Legal Officer of the Wikimedia Foundation where he participated to the development of Wikipedia. He is also a columnist for France Culture and Technikart, and founding partner of Amusement Magazine and of He teaches at the CELSA Paris Sorbonne, and he often speaks on technology-related topics for various audiences.
  • Herve Rannou, Co-Founder and Managing Director of ITEMS International, an independant consulting firm based in Paris gathering top-level partners and consultants in Internet, Telecom, TV and IT. Among his accomplishments Mr. Rannou worked on a strategy to develop an Open Source framework in TV Platforms and assisted the European Commission in defining a new Europe Strategy in the Software sector.
  • Robin Twyman, First Secretary (Trade Policy, Business Affairs and Agriculture), British Embassy, Mr. Twyman is responsible for ICT and intellectual property issues for the British Embassy. Robin joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1987. His diplomatic career has seen him serve overseas in many countries and covering a wide range of duties. In Geneva, Robin was a UK delegate to the World Trade Organisation and Chair of a WTO sub-committee. In the FCO in London, Robin has been a Foreign Office Press Officer, Horn of Africa desk officer, a manager for the UK’s Afghanistan Counter Narcotics programme, and headed up the UK’s South Atlantic Overseas Territories team.
  • Sydney White, Of Counsel, DLA Piper practice includes global representation of large telecommunications and media companies on policy at the federal, state and local levels. Ms. White has negotiated inter-industry consensus and built coalitions on controversial telecommunications and technology-related issues pending before Congress and the Administration. Ms. White has also managed nationwide initiatives related to a broad spectrum of cable competition and franchising issues..

The event will be moderated by Drew Clark, Chairman and Publisher,, a news and events company building a community around broadband stimulus, the national broadband plan, and intellectual property. Clark is a seasoned technology policy journalist and think-tank administrator. He has written widely on the politics of telecom, media and technology for a variety of publications, including the Washington Post, GigaOm, Slate, and Ars Technica. Drew launched’s parent company,, in January 2008 as a means of providing objective information about broadband speeds, prices, availability, reliability and competition.

Sponsored by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association and Public Knowledge, The Intellectual Property Breakfast Club series meets on the second Tuesday of each month. Registration for this event can be found at

The Intellectual Property Breakfast Club series schedule can be viewed at


Sylvia Syracuse
Director of Marketing and Events

Sylvia manages the Broadband Breakfast Club, on-the-record monthly discussion groups that meet on the THIRD Tuesday of each month. She has had a long career in non-profit development and administration, and has raised funds for technology and science education, and managed a project on health information exchange adopted by the State of New York. She understands community education and infrastructure needs for effective broadband access.

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