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There was a talk recently about the future of copyright (ok, October 24, 2007, 12:15 – 1:45 pm) from an economist and a writer. Click on the link above to access the audio of this panel. Their perspectives inform the overall copyright debate currently being hashed out in lots of different communities.
Copyrights have been one of the main mechanisms for financing creative and artistic work for centuries. However, the development of digital technology and the Internet has brought about growing legal and practical challenges to copyrights. This debate answered the following question: "Are copyrights still useful or should we look to alternative mechanisms to support creative and artistic work?"
With Gerard Colby, President of National Writers Union, and Dean Baker, Co-director of Center for Economic and Policy Research. Moderated by Jo Freeman, of UAW Local 1981/ AFL-CIO and Washington, DC chapter of the National Writers Union.