The Internet Age: Adapting to a New Copyright Agenda

3 September 2014 - A Workshop on Other in Istanbul, Turkey


IGF 2014 sub theme that this workshop fall under

Policies Enabling Access


Copyright law has been struggling to adapt to the dynamic impact of Internet and digital technologies for some time. Originally a mechanism put in place to promote creation by ensuring fair rewards for creators, copyright laws have become, in important respects, a barrier to a strong digital economy and an impediment to promote access to knowledge and innovation. In this changing context, new beneficiaries of copyright protection, and new ways of framing copyright policy, have emerged.
This workshop considers the evolution of copyright policy and reform over the past half century, with the emergence of the Internet intensifying copyright debates and advocacy agendas. On the one hand, creators and distributors have, to a certain extent, benefited from stronger protections for their works online. On the other hand, users and consumers have more legitimacy in asking for improved access to information and culture online.
There is a greater diversity of stakeholders invested in copyright law and policy than ever before, with their own perspectives on the ultimate goals of copyright reform. In this environment, do our traditional understandings of the scope and purpose of copyright still stand?
Panelists will consider the evolution of copyright law over the past half century, and query whether our understandings of copyright law should be redefined for the World Wide Web and a sustainable Internet (Article 72, Tunis Agenda). If the answer is yes, this discussion will work towards identifying a redefined purpose of copyright, and key principles for a fully web-integrated copyright framework.

Workshop Agenda:
1. 5 min theme introduction and presentation of the main issues (Ellen Broad - IFLA)
2. 10 min for each speaker to answer the proposed questions
3. 25 for public debate

Name(s) and stakeholder and organizational affiliation(s) of institutional co-organizer(s)

Cristiana Gonzalez
University of São Paulo
Technical community/academic

Renata Avila
Civil Society
The WebWeWant

Stuart Hamilton
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
Civil Society

Has the proposer, or any of the co-organizers, organized an IGF workshop before?


The link to the workshop report

Workshop 354 - Ten Years of the WISIS Declaration of Principles - IGF 2013. No report available

Type of session

Other - Workshop

Duration of proposed session

90 minutes

Subject matter #tags that describe the workshop

#copyright #accesstoknowledge #digitalrights #librarians #openess #developmentagenda

Names and affiliations (stakeholder group, organization) of speakers the proposer is planning to invite

Stuart Hamilton (International Federation of Libraries and Associations - IFLA)

Mishi Choudhary (, India) - confirmed

Peter Dengate ( member of the New Zealand Copyright Tribunal)- confirmed

Linda Kinney (MPAA)-confirmed

Konstantinos Komaitis (ISOC)- confirmed

Name of Moderator(s)

Claudio Ruiz (Derechos Digitales)

Name of Remote Moderator(s)

Cristiana Gonzalez (USP)

Description of how the proposer plan to facilitate discussion amongst speakers, audience members and remote participants

The workshop will begin with an brief introduction on how copyright have been changing the Internet governance agenda and what are the challenges that we are going to face in the next years. The panelists will be asked by the organizers to answer two questions: i) what are the main problems they see in the current copyright system; ii) what are their organization/government doing to deal with a changing copyright environment in the digital age.

Organizers will provide material, a timeline showing the development of the existing tension between copyright system and Internet practices, how they having been adapting to each other, and make available some of the main WIPO documents, UK copyright reform proposal, and any other supporting materials for the workshop attendees.

Description of the proposer's plans for remote participation

The workshop will be transmitted (streaming) and twitter participation will be available

Background paper

No background paper provided

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