Copyright Education That Invites Participation + Cooperation

WIPO IP Day 2013

You know you need to spread the copyright message with your colleagues but keeping the copyright message relevant to the day-to-day activities of your organization is challenging. Equally challenging is communicating your message. Key is to present the message in a manner that invites participation and cooperation. Below are some suggested copyright education opportunities.

5 Copyright Education Ideas

1.   Develop a scavenger hunt on copyright. Have it incorporate several scenarios that are likely to occur in your organization. Ask staff to identify as many copyright issues as they can. Provide a number of sources of information staff can use to answer the questions (e.g., your country’s copyright office, WIPO, organizational policies).

2.   Ask people in your organization to write and produce short (3 minute) vignettes on the use of copyright-protected materials. Getting others involved in copyright education will make them more interested in it. Make it fun; have them record the videos on their smart phones.

3.   Ask your colleagues to create a brief copyright information statement to include in organizational print and electronic newsletters. Make it a contest to see who can create the best or perhaps shortest copyright statement.

4.   Develop a copyright handbook. Engage your colleagues and ask for their ideas about what information to include in it. Better yet, ask them to help write the handbook as a collaborative effort. Distribute the handbook electronically so it can easily be updated to coincide with changes in the law and new technologies.

5.   Hold an informal brown-bag Lunch & Learn session so your colleagues can bring their copyright questions and eat lunch at the same time. If possible, provide a free lunch as a way to entice your audience to attend the session.

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