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There's a meeting of the film and music industry's anti-piracy captains in London today.

The Fraud Advisory Panel's (FAP) conference has an interesting roster of speakers. There's Met anti-piracy DCI, the deputy director of technology for the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, the British Phonographic Industry's director of anti-piracy, a strategy advisor from the UK Film council, and others.

Unfortunately for El Reg and our readers, we're not allowed in. The FPA said it had asked speakers if they minded journalists reporting what they said, and some did. They reckoned they'd have to change their speeches to take out various unspecified admissions of failures.

The stated aims of the conference are to "identify common trends" in piracy, identify opportunities for industry collaboration, and...er..."raise awareness".

So, anyone attending who is genuinely interested in raising awareness, or any pirates who can supply us with knock-off audio from the meeting, do get in touch. ®

Bootnote

As many readers will no doubt be aware, having been counting the days since last year, today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

That's pirates of the "arr, shiver me timbers, pieces of eight, etc." flavour, rather than the equally enterprising "three DVDs a paaand" variety found at your local former-heart-of-the-community street market.

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