a brief history copyright (and why it is broken)

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slides from my presentation at the 'debating acta, playing acta' event organized by STEIM on the 26th of june 2011 in amsterdam. This is supposed to be an introduction to copyright but the slides as such probably fail to convey most of what i have presented


  • 1.a brief history of copyright(and why it is broken)26 june 2011 | Paul Keller | Knowledgeland

2. 30.000 B.C.E no copyright1706 golden age of copyright1991 broken? 3. 1706 Statute of Anne (UK): firstcopyright act, establishes the right of authorsto control what happens to their works1787 Copyright clause of the USConstitution: to promote the Progress ofScience and useful Arts, by securing forlimited Times to Authors the exclusive Rightto their Writings. Implemented in 1790 in theUS copyright act 4. 1886 Berne Convention for theProtection of Literary and ArtisticWorks: requires signatories to recognizethe copyright of works of authors from othersignatory countries, establishes minimumstandards for copyright law. 5. Copyright is the exclusive right of the authorof a literary, scientific or artistic work or hissuccessors in title to communicate that work to the public and to reproduce it, subject to the limitations laid down by law. Article 1 of the dutch copyright code, translation by IvIR 6. original works of authorship 7. temporary 8. limitations laid down by the law 9. limitations laid down by the law(fair use) 10. communication to the public &reproduction 11. (moral rights) 12. insanely complex 13. Information Management: A Proposal,Tim Berners-Lee, CERN(1998) 14. 1996 WIPO Copyright Treaty:additions to the existing copyright treatyframework in the light of advances ofinformation technology. Implementedthrough the Copyright Directive (EU) and theDMCA (US) 15. ???? ACTA: would establish internationalstandards on intellectual property rightsenforcement 16. broken? 17. Reccomendation 1. Evidence: Government should ensure that development of the IP System is driven as far as possible by objective evidence. Policy shouldbalance measurable economic objectives against social goals and potential benefits for rights holders againstimpacts on consumers and other interests. These concerns will be of particular importance in assessing future claims to extend rights or in determining desirable limits to rights. Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property and Growth p.94 18. Copyright Reform by Nina Paley (CC-BY-SA)http://mimiandeunice.com/2011/05/23/copyright-reform/