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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.


Nina Kickstarts Again!


After the tremendous success of her first foray into Kickstarter (and the mounting pressure of everyone pestering her to make another movie), our artist-in-residence Nina Paley has returned with a new Kickstarter project, Seder Masochism: Phase I. Nina envisions this as the early stages of a possible (fingers crossed!) new film entitled Seder Masochism, which is to be "an animated movie telling the story of Exodus, narrated by recordings of real Passover Seders."

Check out the video below and support the project if you can!



Newsletter - Summer 2011 Newsletter - Summer 2011


  • Introduction
  • Projects
  • QCO In The News
  • QCO Artist-In-Residence Nina Paley
  • How to Support QCO
  • Further Information


Dear Supporter,

Thanks for taking the time to read our newsletter.  We hope you like what you see, and are encouraged to take an active part in building a world where freedom from monopoly is the norm.  It's been an active summer at, though we took a little time out for relaxation too. Since newsletters tend to highlight results, one thing not adequately reflected in the individual news items below is the increased volunteer activity at  While we're always grateful for monetary donations -- all of our programs have expenses -- we're also grateful to the many people who have donated their time and skills to a cause they believe in.  If you'd like to be one of them, please see the "How to Support QCO" section below.  Or if you support the cause but don't have time to volunteer, consider displaying one of our link badges.  The more often people see copyright restrictions being questioned, the more acceptable it will be to question copyright!

Karl Fogel
Founder and Executive Director, QuestionCopyright.Org



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