COPYCAMP OPENS September 28th

For Immediate Release

Toronto, September 19th, 2006… Copy Camp?, an “unconference” for artists about the Internet and the challenges to copyright is set to open next week.

Organized by the Creators' Rights Alliance and hosted by Ryerson University’s School of Journalism, Copy Camp will bring 150 artists, geeks, lawmakers, and copyright activists together to explore the issues surrounding the new models for making art and making a living using the ‘net.

The event opens on Thursday, September 28th at 6 pm with a welcome reception featuring brief presentations by artists and guests. Featured presenters will be: Paul Hoffert, Canadian Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and fellow of the Berkman Centre for Internet and Society at Harvard, Moana Maniapoto, the celebrated New Zealand singer/songwriter, filmmaker/director Toby Mills, and Canadian dub poet Lillian Allen. Science Fiction writer and boingboing creator, Cory Doctorow will also there, virtually, in conversation with Alliance co-chair, writer Susan Crean.

Copy Camp kicks off on Friday with a Speed Geek session, introducing the key ideas and themes. Being an unconference, the programme is massively self-organized, comprised largely of many small sessions of fewer than 15 people. Visit the website wiki @ www.copycamp.ca and click on Participation and Session List to see what people are proposing. Mark Linksvayer (Creative Commons US) on commons-enhanced business strategies, Greg Young-Ing on aboriginal protocols for traditional knowledge, Mark Hosler (of the renowned US collective Negativland) wanting to know more about Canadian culture asking “What up with Canada?”, Winnipeg visual artist Diana Thorneycroft on “How can I keep making my work and not get sued?", Montreal photographer André Cornellier on “turning all this talk into action”, Moana Maniapoto and Toby Mills screening their film, “Guarding the Family Silver”.

The heart of each day will be an Electronic Salon showcasing the work of artists making art and making a living in new ways using the Internet. On Friday, Toronto theatre and media artist Geoffrey Pugen will present "Online Personalities, Institutions, Museums and Games" about artists working with appropriation to create virtual environments, institutions and narratives. On Saturday, novelist and “pop culture provacateur” Jim Munroe will present "Art Slips Free: Rethinking How Culture Is Produced”.

On Saturday, Michael Geist (Toronto Star columnist and Creative Commons, Canada) will be joined by journalist Mike Holderness (National Union of Journalists UK), and Geoff Tansey (the Joseph Rowntree for a Just and Peaceful World) in a discussion of creative commons – why and for whom, called “Building the (Creative) Commons”. There will also be a workshop examining the concept of the Virtual Shopping Mall pioneered by the Playwrights Guild of Canada, and the Association québécoise des auteurs dramatiques (AQAD) led by Michel Beauchemin, executive director of AQAD, and co-chair of the Creators’ Rights Alliance.

Copy Camp will be facilitated by Misha Glouberman, host and producer of the Trampoline Hall Lectures.

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Opening reception September 28th at 6 - 9pm. Ryerson Student Campus Centre, 55 Gould Street. Copy Camp is supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage, and the Canada Council for the Arts

For general information contact info -at- copycamp dot ca or visit www.copycamp.ca