Third CopySouth Workshop
International Conference on Copyright Issueshttp://copysouth.org/portal/rio
The CopySouth Research Group (CSRG) invites you to attend and join in
the debates at its three day
international conference on copyright to be held in Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil at the end of June.
It is an important moment to discuss these issues. Around the world,
the antiquated assumptions of copyright law
and ideology are again being questioned and new conflicts are breaking
out. In Brazil, for example, more than 500 musicians,
writers, academics and others signed an open letter in late May
calling on their government to reform its copyright laws so that users
can have more access to music and books. Meanwhile, the well-financed
campaign against so-called copyright “piracy”
has become even more vocal and threatens us all, except large
corporations. Although three of the most important countries
in the global South – China, India and Brazil – were not even invited
to the talks, a new anti-piracy treaty called ACTA
is about to be signed by rich nations in North America and Europe, as
well as Japan and a few smaller countries.
As we meet, a list of long-standing and complex questions is demanding
new answers. Do most musicians benefit from the copyright system and
the current way that the music industry is organised? How can we
promote far more access to educational materials in the countries of
South America, Africa and Asia than already exists? And, speaking of
access and sharing, why do so many ideas and so many cultural products
flow from the North to the South and so few flows the other way? Can
we justify the current economic logic of the global copyright system?
And what are viable alternatives to the current system?
To address these questions and many more that you may want to raise,
the CSRG has assembled a group of
leading critical researchers, musicians and activists from around the
world to come to Rio and to speak on
seven panels. The speakers are from Brazil (7), Chile (1), Bolivia
(1), Cuba (2), the United States (3),
South Africa (2), Ghana (1), the Philippines (2), Switzerland (1), and
the United Kingdom (2).
We expect some strong opinions to be voiced and some good open debates
to occur. So we extend an open invitation
to all people interested in these issues, such as students,
librarians, teachers, researchers, musicians
and information activists, to attend.
There will be simultaneous interpretation in Portuguese, Spanish and English.
Hope to see you in Rio on 28 June.
The CopySouth Research Group, May 2010http://copysouth.org/portal/rio