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Future of Copyright Contest 2013

3 July, 2013

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Deutsch: Wettbewerb 'Future of Copyright' 2013

This year, the EDRi member Modern Poland Foundation is again asking people all over the world about their vision of the future of copyright. There are now 4 days to go before the end of the crowd founding campaign and there are 4 weeks left before the deadline to submit the work for the Future of Copyright Contest.

We all feel that it is something wrong with the copyright law and that it doesn't fit to global digital era. There are several competing visions of good intellectual monopoly law and we want to encourage people to dream about the future of copyright they really want for themselves. So what should this future look like? Or what will happen if we won’t change current trends? Maria Swietlik, coordinator of the Contest asks calls on everyone to write, make a movie, sing or animate in order to share their vision.

To take part in this competition one must publish new work on the web until 1 August 2013. The prize is founded by the public so everyone can contribute via Indiegogo website.

Every work will be evaluated by an exceptional jury: Beatriz Busaniche (Via Libre Foundation), Shun-Ling Chen (copyright scholar), Mike Linksvayer (Creative Commons), Jérémie Zimmermann (La Quadrature du Net), Joe McNamee (Executive Director of EDRi) and Jaroslaw Lipszyc, the president of Modern Poland Foundation, the contest organizer.

This is the second edition of this Contest. Last year, the Foundation has raised more than 1 000 USD and several original vision of (a rather dark) future of copyright. “Once upon a time in the wonderful Folklore Valley, a creator wonders about the future of her memetic folktale legacy and decides to take some distance from the anonymous creative practices of her community. The creator is warned by a giant caption. It reads: “Not Wanted”. Despite the warning, the creator leaves her community and starts to sign her work as a mean to legitimise her individual contribution to the folktale scene. On her way to authorship, she encounters the Lawyer and the Publisher…” the story starts. If you are interested what happened next or want to read about the future when you can’t paint even if your therapist recommends you to do it, you should read last year's Future of Copyright Contest best works.

Future of Copyright Contest 2012

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(Thanks to EDRi member Modern Poland Foundation)



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