Copyright vs Free Knowledge

18 November 2009 - A Workshop on Openness in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt


In the sphere of culture and promoting free knowledge, the copyright obstacle remains unresolved. In this light, the workshop will tackle the copyright issue faced by libraries and how the cultural sector in general approaches the issues of sustainability for the goal of providing access to all. Moreover, the workshop will tackle the way in which copyright can be managed to provide opportunity for better access to knowledge in the research and government sectors. It will also consider options for law reform of exceptions and limitations of copyright law. The panels reflect the issue under discussion from the local and global perspectives, to give the current full picture and the efforts that need to be done in the copyright domain to ensure openness and free access that are considered main elements in the framework of Internet governance. 

a) Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite. Describe the main actors in the field and whether you have you approached them about their willingness to participate in the proposed workshop.

Confirmed list of Speakers: 

1)Professor/ Brian Fitzgerald, Professor of Intellectual Property and Innovation, School of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.
Contact Info : 
2 George Street
Brisbane Qld 4000
ph: 61 7 3138 2057
CRICOS No: 00213J

2)Benjamin White, Head of Intellectual Property at the British Library
Contact Info : 
Benjamin White, British Library, London, UK NW1 2DB 
Tel: 020 7412 7307

3)Professor/ Magdy Hussein Nagi, Head of ICT Department at Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Contact Info : 
Tel: +20 3 4820 400
Fax: +20 3 4820 405
Mobile: +20 (10) 170 4464

b) Describe how you will take steps to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including geographical diversity.

- The speakers/panelists come from different backgrounds which will reflect the issue of copyright from different angles. 

c) Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?

-The workshop handles the copyright issue and access to free knowledge from different perspectives; knowledge service providers (libraries ), the law, and balancing between IP and the openness of knowledge.