As we announced a few weeks back in our summer newsletter, QuestionCopyright.org took part in the 2011 Open Video Conference, which took place this past weekend at New York Law School in downtown Manhattan. We were invited to be part of the Saturday morning Creating An Alternative Copyright Education session, and our executive director Karl Fogel joined American University Center for Social Media's Pat Aufderheide, Electronic Freedom Foundation's Richard Esguerra, Pop Culture Pirate Elisa Kreisinger, and NYLS's Katie Baxter (moderator) to lead a rousing discussion on how to build resources and tools to counter the industry line on copyright restrictions.
The audience was an intelligent and engaged crowd eager to share their experience and ideas about how best to promote open content online, while addressing the growing concerns of the creating and viewing public. Ideas spanned from web portals to key word optimization to plugin apps; while suggestions of how best to tackle the task varied, all could agree that a new kind of copyright education was imperative and that the effort would require greater cooperation between the many concerned organizations in order to promote more knowledge and less misinformation and to carry the message (and the demands!) to the most prominent content providers on the Web.