On 26 April 2017, WIPO’s World Intellectual Property Day, Copyrightlaws.com took the initiative to organize a virtual global conversation on copyright law. It was moderated by Lesley Ellen Harris.
Some participants joined the global conversation on copyright law by video and some joined by audio. One thing that everyone had in common was an interest in copyright law. Participants were from different countries and had different perspectives. The focus of the conversation was on:
- Why copyright matters to all of them
- What they all had in common with each other
- How they make others aware of copyright issues
One of the participants, Hugh Stephens, took his own initiative to blog about the global conversation about copyright law. See his article, To Celebrate World IP Day – An Interesting Copyright Conversation.
How you can start a global conversation on copyright law
Below are five points to help you get your conversation flowing. Each of us has or can build our own copyright community and Copyrightlaws.com encourages you to do so and then reap the benefits of it! Starting your copyright conversation will empower your copyright community and lead towards better management of copyright issues.
1. Find your common cause as it relates to copyright. It may be personal or work related. What copyright issues interest you and your community? Copyright-wise, what do you all have in common?
2. Communicate. Make others aware of copyright. Get rid of misconceptions. The article, Excuses for not Obtaining Copyright Permission may help shed myths. Share copyright fundamentals. Frequent and open communication among your community will strengthen your group and encourage others to communicate as well.
3. Gather where and when you can, either in person or virtually. Make copyright a thing, part of your weekly office meetings, annual meeting, or special occasion like a seminar or guest speaker. If there are technologies or social media to make it more fun, use them!
4. Show recognition and appreciation. Think creatively to make people who seek out copyright information good about reaching out to you. Whenever possible, provide positive feedback to people who:
- Attend a copyright seminar
- Follow the terms and conditions in a Creative Commons or vendor license
- Ask you a question.
Sending a thank you note and following up with an email about your open door policy helps grow your copyright community.
5. Reach out. Be that person people go to when they have a copyright issue or question. Listen to each question, understand the context, and try to say YES as often as possible while viewing each moment as a teachable moment and a way to build your copyright community.
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Keep the copyright conversation growing in your city and grow your copyright community
In late 2017 and early 2018, Copyrightlaws.com is organizing informal pay-your-own-way lunches in various cities. If you’re interested in meeting other copyright enthusiasts in your city, please email us (no obligations to attend) and we’ll keep you informed about the details as we organize these lunches.