So I threw the idea out there about creating a forum for creatives, artists, content creators, journalists, media management folk, tech people and consumers to come together and chat about the things that need to be talked about. Namely how do we make it all work? How do we create a system that meets consumers needs, and is financially and technologically viable?
Ideally all of this would be 'off the record' in the sense that if someone says "I download all the movies I watch" you can't report them to the MPAA, you have to engage them without being insulting and say "Ok, but how are the movie studios going to get money to keep making movies for you to download?" and "I don't know" is an acceptable answer. It's probably the truth and at least you've given them something to think about, if you go on the offensive they'll just go away and nothing has been gained. We also don't want people to be afraid to tell the truth, it would defeat the purpose - we need the real lay of the land here, not judgement or recriminations.
So far today I've heard from dozens of people who are interested in having this chat, a software engineer who wants to design some custom solutions to facilitate it and a few people who are interested in taking it live (public forums and roundtables.)
So it looks like it's all going ahead - details to come.