WIPO Magazine on Copyright Education

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Understanding Copyright – A Life Skill

“Once the preserve of specialists, copyright has become a mainstream issue, and understanding how it works is an increasingly necessary life skill. In the online world, consumers come face to face with copyright law, but many remain confused and unsure about what they may or may not legally do. The growing number of law schools that offer courses on intellectual property (IP) are helping to fill gaps in copyright knowledge, but there is still a great deal to be done to bring the public up to speed on copyright issues.

With widely available technologies that make it easy to download and copy creative content, and amid escalating rates of online piracy, there is growing interest in copyright education. This means teaching consumers of creative content about the full implications of illegal copying as well as how to avoid infringing creators’ rights and interests. It is about underlining the fact that although the way we listen to music, watch movies and read books has changed dramatically, the time, effort and skill involved in producing creative content remains more or less unchanged. Copyright education offers a steady and sure means of building understanding and respect for creators’ rights.”

See full article published in WIPO Magazine, April 2012.

One Comment

  1. Barb Ingrassia says:

    Lesley–This is a GREAT article! Especially in this digial age, understanding copyright is INDEED a LIFE SKILL! I try to encourage faculty and CEU authors to incorporate copyright literacy principles in their programs. I have forwarded a link to this article to Library Administration, and hope it will be forwarded on up…
    THANK YOU for writing this article; it will be so useful for all of us who are trying to promote copyright literacy!

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