First World’s Fair Use Day

My brain is still buzzing from this fantastic event that Public Knowledge organized. I took the day off yesterday to be able to attend the first World’s Fair Use Day and am very glad that I did. I also went to the ACTA panel at Google Monday night but skipped out on the film showings. I wish I had stayed but my thinking at the time was that I had seen one of the two films in question in its entirety and wanted an early night so I’d have no trouble getting an early start the following morning. Judging by the tweets, the film showings were as much that as a panel discussion with plenty of the speakers lined up for Tuesday’s panels chiming in.

I have tons of notes to sift through, almost more than I can believe taking from just four panels. PK really knocked the ball out of the park on the topics and speakers. I think only one of the panels was a bit weak, the one on publishing. Hopefully next year they’ll get better representation from the industry instead of a sole journalist.

I haven’t decided whether I will turn my notes into just a blog post or a segment for the podcast. I’ll probably make that decision and do the necessary writing this weekend. In the meantime, check out Mike Masnick’s wrap up. I think he pretty well captures the spirit of the day. I had the good fortune to meet Mike at the happy hour last night and speak with him at length.

Mike was just one of the great folks I got to meet. Nina Paley, whom I am afraid I may have embarrassed with my profuse compliments, was actually the deciding factor in my calculations on whether to take the day off for the event. I was happy to be able to hand her a card and request an interview. I also got to do so with Danny Reetz, the guy responsible for the DIY book scanner. I look forward to working up appropriate interview questions and bringing both of them onto the podcast. I have ideas for several other folks to approach, too, who I not only met but in many cases learned of for the very first time yesterday. Not surprisingly, there are many keen minds and wildly creative folks interested in the topic, many of them are even local to the DC area.

I am really looking forward to seeing who Public Knowledge gets as speakers for next year’s World’s Fair Use Day. I am hoping yesterday was just the start of a rich, ongoing dialogue mapping out how fair use is enabling a lot of the amazing creativity Mike describes so well in his wrap up. I am also keen to see how the proceeding can push the question of peer-based cultural generation beyond just fair use into the larger question of reforming copyright to better match this emerging creative norm.

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