The International CopyCamp Conference 2014
Understanding the Social Impacts of Copyright
On November 6-7, the 3rd International CopyCamp Conference took place in Kino Praha in Warsaw.
The two-day event is a unique opportunity to present reflections and participate in the balanced and multi-sided debate over the influence of copyright on social changes taking place around the world with special attention to the perspective of the Visegrad Group countries. This year, the conference was directed not only to representatives of cultural institutions and the media, creative sectors, academic, legal, political and non-governmental circles but also to the widest possible group of people interested in the social and economic aspects of copyright who wish to present their opinions on the international arena.
The conference is a platform of exchange of ideas represented by creative groups, social activists, journalists, lawyers, media-makers, academics, students and politicians taking (at times extremely) different positions in ongoing debates on the copyright laws and ways of participating in culture. The aim of the conference is to allow an effective dialogue between all interested parties.
CopyCamp Conference is part of the Future of the Copyright project conducted by the Modern Poland Foundation.
This year, one of the keynotes speakers was Cory Doctorow, a London-based journalist and blogger (co-editor of the blog Boing Boing), winner of the Campbell Award for the best novel and the Prometheus Award for Little Brother, a novel published in Polish in 2009, and again in 2013 for Pirate Cinema (2012); author of science-fiction novels such as awarded Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom (2004), Markers (2009) or For the Win (2010), short stories such as Hugo nominated I, Row-boat (2006) and short story collections: A Place So Foreign and Eight More (2004), Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present (2007) or With a Little Help (2010); repeatedly nominated for Hugo and Nebula Awards.
We were also pleased to have Birgitta Jónsdóttir – a poetician and a member of the Althing, the Icelandic parliament – as a keynote speaker of the conference. As a politician, she is occupied with the issues related with freedom of information, freedom of speech and human rights. Active in the internet. Creator of the first Icelandic online gallery, participant of several international projects such as Poets Against War, Dialogue among Nations through Poetry or Poets for Human Rights. Editor and publisher of two anthologies: The World Healing Book and The Book of Hope including writings of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Rity Dove, Dalai Lama, Rabbi Michael Lerner, John Kinsella or Sigur Rós. Activitst involved with Beyond Borders Press, Radical Creations, WikiLeaks and member of the International Network of Parliamentarians on Tibet (INPaT). Spokesperson for the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative.
At the third edition of the International CopyCamp Conference, the Modern Poland Foundation presented a newly published collection of essays by Cory Doctorow in Polish. The publication is available on the Prawo Kultury website.
Thank you all for attending the meeting with Cory Doctorow on November 7, 2014 at noon in Centrum Zarządzania Światem in 26, Okrzei St., Warsaw.
Thematic tracks for 2014
- Economy of culture
- Copyright and Education
- Technology and Innovation
- Copyright and Human Rights
- Future of the Book
- Copyright Enforcement
- Future of Copyright
- Copyright Debate
This year, we prepared a number of workshops where we had an occasion to learn, discuss and exercise practical skills associated with copyright issues. We are presenting some of the conclusions drawn from this year’s workshops conducted by specialists in the field.
Partners of the conference
Strategic Partners of the conference are Stowarzyszenie Autorów ZAiKS, Google and Samsung.
Partners: Coalition for Open Education, Kronenberg Foundation.
CopyCamp is part of the Future of Copyright project financed by Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe.
The project is co-finansed by the International Visegrad Fund.
Recordings and photos from the first two editions of the conference are available in the Past Editions tab.