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IGF 2011 in Nairobi, Kenya

Copyright under a magnifying glass: thought provoking ideas

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On Thursday 29 September 2011 the Internet Society and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) hosted a workshop on copyright, live from the 2011 UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Nairobi, Kenya.

Workshop Report Now Available

If you couldn't attend and want to read what was said during the workshop or if you did attend and simply want a copy, this report is for you. Read more... (PDF).

About the Workshop

Discussion topics included:

  • How relevant are traditional notions of “copyright” in the digital age?
  • What new opportunities does the Internet present for the creation, distribution and/or monetization of digital content?
  • What new challenges does the Internet present for the protection of copyright?
  • How is value derived from content?
  • What new models for access to and licensing of content are emerging?
  • What innovations or changes might we expect to see in the next 10 years concerning the way content is delivered on the Internet?
  • Online copyright infringement - What would your solution be?
  • How do we solve the challenge of copyright protection online without hindering the further development of the Internet and its potential for innovation?
  • What are some of the technical and other issues associated with trying to detect infringement and identify infringers on the Internet?
  • International work looking at the role and responsibilities of Internet intermediaries (OECD, WIPO)
  • Internet intermediaries
  • Technical and other enforcement measures

Chair and moderator:
Christine Runnegar, Senior Policy Advisor, Internet Society (ISOC)

Remote moderator:
Maria Casey, Internet Society Returning IGF Ambassador

Opening remarks:
Victor Vazquez Lopez, Senior Legal Counselor, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

  • Pedro Less Andrade, Senior Policy Counsel Latin America, Google Inc
  • Paul Brigner, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Policy Officer, Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)
  • Stuart Hamilton, Director of Policy and Advocacy at International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
  • Malcolm Hutty, President, EuroISPA
  • Kurt Opsahl, Senior Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
  • Karine Perset, Administrator, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Shane Tews, Vice President for Global Public Policy and Government Relations, Verisign, Inc.
Background documents
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Twitter tag for the workshop: #igfcopyright