BIC Battles (Debates)

Let Battle Commence!

BIC BATTLES were a series of events launched in November 2012, whose aim was to provide a forum for debating interesting and/or controversial topics. Two panels of industry experts with opposing views on a given topic "battle it out" in front of an audience. There was plenty of audience participation, with the events tending to become more combative (good naturedly of course!) as time goes on.

Previous Battles:

BIC BATTLE No. 2: "DRM v DRM-free" 
The 2nd BIC Battle was held on 4th March 2013 at the RSA in London.

Presentations from the event:

Rebecca Smart, Osprey 

Paul Rhodes, Orb Entertainment

Andrea D'Orta

The attendees voted (anonymously) for one of the following statements at the start, and then again at the end of the debate. 

Statement 1
DRM is needed in order to fight copyright infringement. It helps the copyright holder maintain artistic, and intellectual control, and ensures continued revenue streams for everyone involved in the book industry.

Statement 2
There is no evidence that DRM helps prevent copyright infringement. It serves only to frustrate and inconvenience legitimate customers (who become unclear as to whether they own the downloaded item, or are merely “renting” it), and contributes to big businesses stifling innovation and competition.

Speakers at the Battle were:
Tom Chalmers – IPR License 
Rebecca Smart – Osprey 
Laura Austin - YUDU Media
Andrea D’Orta – Elsevier
Mark Majurey - Taylor & Francis (GUEST SPEAKER)
Paul Rhodes - Orb Entertainment 

Learn more about our speakers...

The programme can be found here.

 

BIC BATTLE No. 1 "Battle of the Library Systems: Open Source v Proprietary"

Held 28th November 2012, with 8 panelists, this afternoon event was a great success. 
Find out more about what happened here:  and here:

Find out more information on the speakers and the programme

 

Future BIC BATTLES: 
We have lots of interesting ideas for future debates but would love to hear from you if there's anything you'd like us to cover. Get in touch with either Karina@bic.org.uk or Charlotte@bic.org.uk

 

BIC Battle 3: To use ISBNs or not to use ISBNs that is the question
Monday 30 September 2013, The RSA 

Download the agenda and speaker biographies.

Speakers:
Simon Edwards, Consultant, BIC (Question Master)
Michael Cairns, Chief Operating Officer Online Division, Publishing Technology
Stella Griffiths, Executive Director, International ISBN Agency
Ruth Jones, Director Publisher Business Development, Ingram Content Group
Sarah Lambert, Digital Operations Director, Hachette
Karina Luke, Executive Director, BIC (Host)
Mark Majurey, Taylor & Francis
Roz Morris, Author, Self-Publisher, Writing Coach
Guy Wheeler, Publishing Counsel, Academic, Cambridge University Press

 


BIC Battle 2: DRM vs DRM Free

4 March 2013The RSA, London

Download the agenda and speaker biographies.

Speakers and Presentations
LAURA AUSTIN, E-BOOK PRODUCT/MARKETING & ACCOUNT MANAGER, YUDU MEDIA
ANDREW BLACKMAN, AUTHOR
TOM CHALMERS, IPR LICENSE
MARK MAJUREY, COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR DIGITAL PUBLISHING, TAYLOR & FRANCIS BOOKS
ANDREA D’ORTA, HEAD OF DRM AND ACCESS TECHNOLOGY, ELSEVIER
PAUL RHODES, OWNER, ORB ENTERTAINMENT
REBECCA SMART, CEO OSPREY GROUP
KARINA LUKE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BOOK INDUSTRY COMMUNICATION (Compère) 

 


BIC Battle 1: Battle of the Library Systems

November 2012, CILIP, London 

The House Motion:
"Open source is about distributed innovation and will become the dominant way of producing software" Library system vendor: JISC/SCONUL LMS study 2008 

Speakers and Presentations
Will Blackburn: PROPRIETARY TEAM
Jim Burton: PROPRIETARY TEAM
Nick Dimant:  OPEN SOURCE TEAM
Mick Fortune:  GUEST SPEAKER
Mark Hughes: OPEN SOURCE TEAM
Paula Keogh: PROPRIETARY TEAM
Karina Luke: HOST
Martin Palmer: REFEREE
David Parkes: OPEN SOURCE TEAM
Andrew Preater: OPEN SOURCE TEAM
Anthony Whitford: PROPRIETARY TEAM
Brad Whittle: PROPRIETARY TEAM