Thanks to your generosity, the author of the best work will be awarded in the amount of $ 256.50. We are still – till the 1st of August – looking forward for Your works dedicated to Future of Copyright!
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We welcome you to the second edition of crowdfounded contest Future of Copyright 2.0
What should the future of copyright law look like? Write, sing, animate or talk about it, and win the prize funded by crowds!
The contest is set for the best work about the future of copyright. The idea is simple:
- People set the prize by supporting this project - it is a half of crowd founded amount, 256,50$ (the other half will be used to cover costs).
- People submit their works for the contest. The deadline is 1st August 2013.
Independent jury consisting of Beatriz Busaniche (member of Via Libre Foundation and professor at the University of Buenos Aires), Shun-Ling Chen (copyright scholar, visiting assistant professor at University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law), Mike Linksvayer (part-time Senior Fellow at Creative Commons), Joe McNamee (Executive Director od EDRi) and Jérémie Zimmermann (spokesperson and co-founder of the La Quadrature du Net) and Jarosław Lipszyc (Modern Poland Foundation, contest organizer) chooses the winner. The decision will be announced on 24th August 2013.
- The winner gets the prize. Society gets a number of fresh proposals that will help shaping up the copyright system of tomorrow.
If you want to take part in the contest, publish the work on the Internet and mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your work has to be:
On topic. The work may be of any kind (text, video, audio) and of any genre (i.e. legal analisys, dystopian or utopian story, educational video – sky is the limit here), but it must address the general subject of the Future of Copyright. Your work has to be in English or you need to provide an English translation. The question is: what should a good copyright system look like? Is it possible to live without sharing? Will artists dissapear if we make copyright less strict? Can we make culture without artists?
Limited size. The size of the work is limited to 15,000 characters for text or 10 minutes for audio and video.
New and original. We accept only original works prepared specially for this contest. You must have all the rights to the work. Team work is acceptable. If your work is a remix, you need to provide the source for the works you re-used.
Free licensed. The work must be published under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license. Your work must visibly licensed as such in the place of first publication.
Properly tagged. The work must be tagged with the text: “This work takes part in the Future of Copyright Contest” and a link to pagehttp://www.indiegogo.com/projects/future-of-copyright-contest-2-0.
256,50$, half of the raised money goes to the winner (or winners, if the prize is split). The other half will be spent on perks and sending copies of the best works to people and institutions engaged in the copyright debate. If any money is left (which seems unlikely), we will spend it on our projects, providing the world with better access to knowledge and culture, fully in line with our mission.
Last year we received inspiring voices from people all over the world. You can find them in the PDF format or in EPUB and MOBI. Let us also remind you all that the winner of first edition was Aymeric Mansoux and his work Morphology of copyright tale. We collected over 1000 USD (twice as much as what we asked for). We dare to hope that this year will be at least as big a success as last time.
If you have any questions or doubts about the rules, just mail us at email@example.com.
The winner of the contest will be chosen by an independent jury:
Beatriz Busaniche - is member of Via Libre Foundation and founding member of Wikimedia Argentina. She is also Doctorate Candidate at FLACSO Argentina (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales), and Professor at the University of Buenos Aires, Shun-Ling Chen - is copyright scholar, visiting assistant professor at University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, she worked with several NGO's dedicated to the free software and free culture, Mike Linksvayer is part-time Senior Fellow at Creative Commons. Linksvayer also serves on the boards of OpenHatch and Software Freedom Conservancy and chairs the Open Definition Advisory Council. Joe McNamee is Executive Director od EDRi, Jérémie Zimmermann is spokesperson and co-founder of the Paris-based La Quadrature du Net and Jaroslaw Lipszyc is president of Modern Poland Foundation, contest organizer.
The picture used above is a remix based on Leonardo da Vinci's „Lady with an Ermine” and Johannes Vermeer's „Girl with a Pearl Earring” (remix by Radek Czajka, license: CC-BY-SA). The Modern Poland Foundation was involved in the disscusion with the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage about the rights to use the image and the name of da Vinci's painting. Though „Lady with an Ermine” was painted even before the creation of the idea of copyright and is in the public domain since the moment when it started to function, one of the Polish foudations wanted to sell the rights to this painting. The Modern Polanf Foundation publicly defended the right to re-use and remix this work of art.
Modern Poland Foundation
Why us? Modern Poland Foundation is one of the leading non-governemental organizations developing future copyright agenda in Poland. You may want to read Jarosław Lipszyc's column on remix culture, or this on digital books, or this on future of text.
Copyright restrictions are also very relevant to our projects, like Free Readings, Free Textbooks or Remix Culture, which deal with public domain, free licensing and fair use.
Poland is in the midst of heated discussion on future development of our copyright. This public debate is supported by our government, political leaders, NGO sector and even royalty collecting societies. Copyright, however, is a global system tied to international treaties (Berne, TRIPS) and organizations (WTO, WIPO). We will be not able to change it at the domestic level.
Modern Poland Foundation is Warsaw-based, registered charity working in the field of Open Educational Resources, access to knowledge and free culture. Funding comes from various sources such as Open Society Institute, Mozilla Foundation and Polish Ministry of Culture.
The Future of Copyright Contest is our way to stir up global discussion on this subject; in the European Union and beyond.
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