Press release: CopyCamp returns April 29th - 30th!

For Immediate Release

Toronto, April 3rd 2008… COPYCAMP 2008, an “unconference” for artists about the Internet and the challenges to copyright is now open for registration at www.copycamp.ca.

Organized by the Creators' Rights Alliance and held in Toronto at OISE (The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education), CopyCamp will bring 100 artists, geeks, lawmakers, and copyright activists together to explore issues surrounding new models for making art and making a living on the Internet. It continues the discussion initiated at the first CopyCamp held in September 2006.

The “uconconference” format means the event is focused squarely on conversation between participants. And the participant list is being carefully crafted to ensure a wide selection of viewpoints and perspectives.

The event kicks off on Tuesday, April 29th at 5pm with a welcome reception including a structured “World Café” conversation, to get participants talking and meeting each other. On Wednesday, April 30, the event will run all day (9-5). The day will start with a “Speed Geek” session- lightning-fast presentations on a dizzying array of related topics. The rest of the day will be spent in small self-organized sessions. Participants will collectively create the agenda for the day, and talk about the topics they are most passionate about.

Lots of great sessions are already being proposed. Thus far there are sessions proposed on Reaching an Audience (singer, songwriter Andrew Cash), on Indie labels (Tina Siegel of Fading Way music), on Net Neutrality (open source aficionado Russell McOrmond), on the Songwriters Association proposal for monetizing the Internet (Don Quarles and several others from SAC), on What’s Appropriate in Appropriation (Kristian Clarke of CAR/FAC Ontario), on the art market model, CYBER@ARTS, pioneered by the Playwrights Guild of Canada, and the Association québécoise des auteurs dramatiques (AQAD) (Michel Beauchemin of AQAD), and an “Ask a Techie” demo session hosted by Julianna Yau who will help introduce technophobes to online social media. More sessions will be added up to the day of the event, and on the day itself.

Artists will be attending from Quebec and across the country. In addition the CopyCamp Team is delighted to announce that Maori artists Moana Maniapoto and Toby Mills from New Zealand will be at CopyCamp again this year.

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

Artists or others who want to take part should visit www.copycamp.ca to register. General admission is $200.00, members of the Creators Rights Alliance pay $100.00, and unsalaried artists pay only $50.

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OISE is at 252 Bloor Street West. CopyCamp is sponsored by the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, SOCAN, the SOCAN Foundation, and Reboot Canada

For general information contact
info at copycamp.ca