Happy Copyright Day! An Opportunity to Educate

Birthdays, religious holidays, statutory holidays – so many events take place on an annual basis.  Have you ever considered implementing a Copyright Day in your organization?  This would be your day to stop and think about copyright issues, debate various perspectives, and educate about what the copyright law says.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) lists three “special days”:

  1. World Intellectual Property Day.  April 26 is a day to highlight creativity and innovation in all of our lives.  WIPO has press releases, posters, bookmarks and special publications to help member States celebrate this day.
  2. World Book and Copyright Day.  The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designates April 23 as the day each year to promote the protection of written works and to recognize authors and their rights.
  3. World Anti-Counterfeiting Day.  The Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group (GACG) selects a day at the end of June each year to raise the awareness and costs of counterfeiting and piracy.

Many governments and organizations promote and have appropriate activities on the “special days” set out above. Check out the links and get ideas for your Copyright Day.  Others ideas in a self study eCourse on copyright education. Start planning now for 2012 World IP Day or World Book and Copyright Day on April 26 and 23, respectively.

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