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How Copyright Threatens Democracy

A Conversation With Cory Doctorow
As communities strive to engage its members in societal issues and political causes, the need for quality and accessible information is a must. But, what happens if that information is closed off and unavailable? What are the potential economic, political and social repercussions of a limited flow of information? On Monday, June 28, 2010, Cory Doctorow visited New America and addressed a full-house during a joint event hosted by Public Knowledge and Copynight DC. Entitled, "How Copyright Threatens America," Doctorow spoke to his dystopian vision of the growing conflict between the democratic principles of the Internet and the growing financial demands of the commercial industries.

Evolving from his typical viewpoint on the issue, Doctorow compared copyright and IP problems to that of countries suffering from repressive governments. He pointed to several examples in which increased IP/copyright provisions failed to address the community concerns and often infringed on personal rights in favor of commercial demands. Unique for his combined perspective as an author, activist, co-editor of Boing Boing, Doctorow outlined threats to a free and open Internet, speech, creativity and fair use, and innovation from boundless copyright protections. He noted: "It's not just a brush war over culture, but which family will benefit fromcopy-friendly business models and whether the values of a free society will survive the 21st century."

Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger -- the co-editor of Boing Boing and the author of the bestselling Tor Teens/HarperCollins UK novel Little Brother. He is the former European director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in London.

to that "Creativity isn't necessary aligned with copyright anymore," said Doctorow, co-founder of UK Open Rights Group.



James Losey
Program Associate
Open Technology Initiative
New America Foundation

Gigi Sohn
Public Knowledge

Thomas Gideon

Featured Speaker

Cory Doctorow
Author, Little Brother
Co-editor, Boing Boing
Co-founder, UK Open Rights Group

Event Time and Location

Monday, June 28, 2010 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

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