If you’re planning to be near Kingston Ontario come August 7, 8 and 9, you might want to check out “copyright’s counterparts,” an academic workshop on the connection between copyright and creativity. From the “about” page:
In some forms and circumstances, copyright, the main reference point for the workshop, can encourage creativity, promote and regulate the circulation and preservation of knowledge and creative work, and ensure compensation for authors. But this workshop ventures in a different direction: it will invite scholars to compare the workings of a number of existing alternative systems, both ancient and emerging, that achieve some of the policy goals commonly thought to be promoted by copyright. Examples of such systems or economies can be found in, for example, Aboriginal cultural property, Open Source software, the fashion industry, blogging, academic citation, ordinary conversation, journalism, historical publishing practices, and the world of libraries and education.
A limited number of spots are available for “auditors,” so if you’re interested, contact Don Bourne.