Report Back: 2011 OVC Conference

ovc2011As we announced a few weeks back in our summer newsletter, 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.

In addition to the great panel, every conference participant walked away with a tote bag full of goodies, every one of which included one of our Free Culture Five bookmarks and Mimi and Eunice’s Intellectual Pooperty minibooks!

We extend our thanks to Ben Moskowitz, Christopher Wong, and all the hardworking people that helped the 2011 Open Video Conference become a reality. is always  happy to be a part of reframing the debate around copyright and promoting free culture.

Creating An Alternative Copyright Education panelists (from L to R): Katie Baxter, NY Law School (moderator); Richard Esguerra, EFF; Karl Fogel, QuestionCopyright; Pat Aufderheide, AU Center for Social Media; and Elisa Kreisinger, Pop Culture Pirate