Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/10/03/ica_debate/

Roll up for the freetard smackdown

El Reg infiltrates the UK's top cultural jaw-jaw

By Team Register

Posted in Media, 3rd October 2008 13:02 GMT

Reader Offer Next Thursday, 9 October at 7pm, our very own Andrew Orlowski will be tackling the perennial issue of digital piracy - live and dangerous at the highbrow Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London.

He'll be taking on New Media consultant Matt Mason, author of The Pirate's Dilemma (How Youth Culture Reinvented Capitalism), which suggests burgeoning freetardism has transformed "underground scenes into burgeoning global industries and movements, ultimately changing life as we know it, unraveling some of our most basic assumptions about business, society and our collective future".

Should be interesting.

To celebrate we're offering Reg the chance to witness this cultural car crash first hand, for the low, low price of £6. The ICA's usual price is £10, £9 concessions and £8 for members, so we can't say fairer than that really, even if you are a die-hard freetard*.

Here's the ICA's own set-up for the action:

There are now at least six million people in the UK who 'illegally' swap music and film files via the internet. The majority are young people under the age of 24. The result has already changed the face of the music industry, and the film industry is not far behind. Is there something to be said for the creativity of this kind of theft, or does the loss of economic autonomy among artists change the nature of creativity itself?

To take advantage of this fabulous, once in a lifetime deal, just call the ICA box office on 0207 9303647 and quote "The Register".

The ICA is on the Mall, up the road from the Queen's gaff. The nearest tube is Charing Cross or Piccadilly Circus (more details here). See you there. ®

*For the record, neither Andrew nor El Reg will make a penny from this.