WIPO World Intellectual Property Day 2014

Landmark WIPO building in Geneva
Every year on 26 April, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) celebrates World Intellectual Property Day to “promote discussion of the role of intellectual property (IP) in encouraging innovation and creativity.”

Movies – A Global Passion

In 2014 the theme of World IP Day is: Movies – A Global Passion. In particular, WIPO will help celebrate this year by examining how IP rights shape filmmakers from script to screen, how film producers obtain funding for their works, how screenwriters, actors and musicians earn a living and how innovation and creativity work hand-in-hand in the film industry.

Educational Materials on Copyright and IP

What are you doing to celebrate World IP Day? WIPO offers various publicity materials including a poster, bookmark and pictogram. WIPO also has a fabulous list of suggested activities for celebrating World IP Day and to help organizations raise public awareness about copyright and other areas of IP.

What Do You Want to Tell the World About Copyright?

The aim of World IP Day is to increase a general understanding of copyright and other areas of intellectual property. The Copyright & New Media Law Newsletter is undertaking this opportunity to ask its readers and others to share a statement on what they would like to say to the world about copyright law. Is there a statement you want to share to get people interested in copyright issues? Is there a misconception you would like to clear up about copyright law? Is there something about copyright law you’d like to shout out to the world? Then let us know! Send us an email with your statement and we’ll gather all the statements and publish them here and in The Copyright & New Media Law Newsletter. See below for our statements collected to date.

The use of video and film content is an exciting way to convey ideas, generate enthusiasm and draw attention to a businesses’ products and services. Copyright licensing enables employees to easily share this content while respecting copyright. – Tracey Armstrong, President and CEO, Copyright Clearance Centre

Intellectual Property is the lifeblood of ingenuity and creativity that  is the foundation of the digital economy. – Ken Wasch, President, Software and Information Industry Association

Copyright is an always-evolving framework of legal guidance empowering people and organizations to connect, collaborate and innovate. – Montrese Hamilton, Librarian, Society for Human Resource Management

Remember that publicly accessible is not the same as “public domain” or “free to use.” – Barbara Ingrassia, Certified Copyright Manager

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