On April 9th the British Council is hosting an event at which a wide range of speakers will discuss new ideas and proposals for the future evolution of copyright to mark the week when the world’s first copyright act came into force 300 years ago.
The British Council’s primary goal is:
Connecting the UK to the world and the world to the UK, the British Council is Britain’s international cultural relations body… In an inter-dependent, turbulent world we believe that creating opportunities for people to understand each other better, work together more and learn from one another is crucial to building secure, more prosperous and sustainable futures for us all.
You can visit their web site at: http://www.britishcouncil.org
According to the organizers of this event (one of whom is John Howkins – see the review of his new book at http://casipblog.wordpress.com/2009/05/18/creative-ecologies-where-thinking-is-a-proper-job):
The copyright act set out rules for the encouragement of learning, and established the principles of public interest, access and exclusivity that govern copyright today. This forum explores the question: “If copyright hadn’t been invented, what kind of copyright would we want…”
CAS-IP was invited to submit a 500 word contribution to the discussion and you can download this at link.
Francesca Re Manning, the lead contributor to our submission, will (we hope!) be able to attend the event and she will no doubt write about what happens.
Post written by Peter Bloch, consultant to CAS-IP