If you are passionate about movies and passionate about copyright law, this year the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) celebration of World Intellectual Property Day should be of great interest. The theme of this Day is “Movies – A Global Passion.” And taking this Day seriously, the Copyright Alliance and U.S. Copyright Office teamed up on 23 April 2014 to “promote discussion of the role of intellectual property (IP) in encouraging innovation and creativity.”
At this two hour event at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., the U.S. Copyright Office launched the celebration with a slide show on movies and U.S. copyright history with historic selections from the archives of the Library of Congress. U.S. Registrar of Copyrights Maria Pallante introduced the program.
WIPO Director General Francis Gurry shared his thoughts including the fact that “movies really are collections of intellectual property.” Gurry also stated “intellectual property ensures we have a global production of movies that rewards all of those who are involved in the production of movies.”
We were then treated to what was referred to as a panel of “the cool people” – those who work in the film and tv-related industries. This discussion moderated by Copyright Alliance CEO Sandra Aistars, with Matthew Harrison, Robert Newman and Mike Mashon, focussed on how each began in this industry, what they do and how copyright is central to how they make their living. Robert Newman said that he’s afraid of the end game, that it costs money to make movies and if everything is pirated, then people just won’t make movies.
Check out the WIPO World IP Day site for lots of great info on the movies and copyright. Celebrations are on-going around the world this week and month and the official Day is 26 April.
Volume 2014, Issue 1 of The Copyright & New Media Law Newsletter features a live interview with Francis Gurry and his perspective on copyright law in 2014 and beyond.