Sunday, March 18, 2007

Intellectual Property Panel Discussion

We have pulled together a great group of people for our discussion of intellectual property, which will be occurring on Thursday, March 22nd, from 4:30-5:30. It's surrounded by a few other great programs: immediately before (4:00-4:30), I will be discussing my work with VR photography and Virtual Learning Environments, and immediately following, Charlene will be coming in to begin a discussion on user-created content web sites (a la Flickr, WikiPedia, YouTube,, Digg).

Anyways, back to the topic of IP. Our panel consists of:
We'll be doing our best to discuss some of these topics:
  • The changing importance of collective information
  • New models of, "copyleft," to address these new models
  • Changes to profit models
    • Declining sales of traditional media like CDs, while artists publish their music online for free to gain exposure
    • The ongoing fight with the RIAA/Viacom
  • Photographic rights and model releases - what if a photo's online before you even have a chance to ask for a model release form?
  • What will the future of the online world look like?
    • Who will own rights to what, and how will money be made?
These are just some tentative ideas that I have been toying with, and we will be developing a more fleshed out list of topics throughout the next few days.

If you have any suggestions, questions, or comments, you can
  • Post a comment to this message
  • Call in during the last part of the show next week
  • E-mail me: john [at] housser [dot] ca

1 comment:

Charlene said...

This all sounds wonderful. I think that intellectual property issues are very important when thinking about equity and technology. Equity to information and Equity in disseminating information are both very important issues.