Crowdfunded Contest: What Should Future Of Copyright Law Look Like?

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By Kelly Burke for Intellectual Property Watch

The Modern Poland Foundation, a non-profit and access to knowledge advocate, is asking people around the globe to participate in a crowdfunded contest that poses the question: What should a good copyright system look like?

In its second edition of the contest, people are asked to submit their ideas of how the copyright system should, could or would work. According to the contest rules, the submissions can be in any format (text, video, audio, etc.) and of any genre (legal analysis, dystopian or utopian story, educational video, etc.), but it must address the general subject of the future of copyright. Only original works will be accepted.

For those who are interested in contributing to the contest but do not have an original work to submit, donations are welcomed. Funds collected will cover the prize money and distribution fees. The winner of the contest, to be determined by an independent jury of copyright experts, will receive half of the money raised by contributers.

The deadline to submit works is the 1 August and the deadline to contribute to the crowdfunding campaign is 7 July. The decision will be announced on 24 August. For a complete list of participation rules, click here.

Crowdfunding describes the collective effort of individuals who network and pool their resources, most often online, to support efforts initiated by people or organisations.

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  1. says

    The future copyright should last 20 years from publication and then enter the public domain.

    There should be no statutory damages and damages will be calculated by the actual financial loss to the plaintiff.

  2. says

    I think copyright works to give creators some right to constrain others who would use their work, but those constraints don’t work well for digital media.

    I’m wondering about whether copyright should be different for digital “copies” and for physical embodiment copies. Perhaps just a very rapid expiration of copyright, e.g., 6 months.

  3. says

    Copyright works better for physical renditions than for electronic “copies” which are effortless to make.

    I would change copyright for physical media renditions vs. online copies, and make online copyright expire quickly. You would still be prevented from making physical copies without permission. Yes, authors/creators would lose some rights.

  4. Eric says

    I think that the future it’s ironically the past, before of copyright people was only profitable in music or painting because people liked it and wanted to pay for it, not only because there are a few organizations who has a media control over the market, an other curious thing it’s that copyright originally was designed to incentive the creation of new art not to make possible to huge organizations make a monopoly over media, so i think that the movies and music should be free on internet, cause the profits will come from the fans when they buy DVD’s, cinema tickets, souvenirs, etc…
    This has been proved with some series like “Game of thrones” and “Anime” in general, they both became hugely famous because of the piracy over the internet, which make a lot of fans who have make them the most profitable series over their own industries


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