Since its inception, our movement has been interested in copyright. Recently, the topic has become a driver of many public policy efforts across the world. But its impact on our communities varies; in Europe and North America the copyright wars are about flexibility in use and re-use of works, where societies in general can afford to pay for access to culture. In other regions of the world, a bad, restrictive copyright may mean no access to culture or education at all; or it may even pose a danger to personal freedom or become a bargaining chip in a trade agreement negotiated behind closed doors.
The significance of our “copyfights” goes beyond the issue of “pay or get an exception to use”. At stake are freedom of speech, access to knowledge, literacy, or the health of the internet. In this session we want to further explore possible outcomes and options for advocacy by asking ourselves the following: - What happens if we lose our fight for a better, more flexible copyright? - Are we successfully making our communities and the broader public more aware about this fight? - Can cooperation and coordination within the movement create a critical mass and bring global change? Or do we need more local focus to create societal pressures specific to each location?
We want this to be a learning session where we can critically look into our work and understand both the universal challenges and the unique conditions our community faces. Through knowledge sharing and joint critical reflection on our work, we will bring a policy dimension to the conference theme. The exchange will hopefully continue after the gathering as well.
The attendees will get a better mutual understanding of each others' advocacy work. They will identify participants that meet similar challenges not only in day to-day-work, but also in the strategic planning of the challenges ahead. We all will get a better sense of how we can create synergies globally to achieve local goals.