The Copy This Podcast is hosted by Kirby Ferguson and presented by the Re:Create Coalition, which represents a cross-section of creators, advocates and consumers seeking to promote balanced copyright laws that foster innovation, creativity and economic growth. This monthly podcast series will feature some of the leading authors, policy minds, legal experts, and members of the creative community to take on the important questions and topics driving the copyright debate today.
Don’t Let the EU Ruin the Internet For Everyone Else
In the 15th episode of Copy This, host Kirby Ferguson talks with copyright policy advisor Paul Keller about his work to oppose the European Union’s Copyright Directive and its controversial Article 13 content filtering proposal. Paul, along with the #saveyourinternet campaign, have helped lead the public fight against the the restrictive copyright proposal.
Do You Know How To #dotheshiggy?
If you were a victim of the now infamous viral “rickroll” gag, you may not have even known it would mark your place in a broader viral movement that transcended languages and actually led to the revival of Rick Astley’s career. In the latest Copy This podcast, host Kirby Ferguson points back to this and other peak viral moments when examining the popularity of Drake’s song “In My Feelings.” The song was a summer hit and rose to the top of the charts thanks, in large part, to the help of a viral dance craze by Instagram comedian Shiggy.
The song and hashtag #dotheshiggy demonstrate the role the internet has played in changing the way fans participate in culture today, sometimes serving as co-authors of popular works. Through a close look at “In My Feelings” and its rise in the charts, a conversation with music business executive, cultural critic, and media professor Casey Rae, and a fun review of other viral sensations (remember “Sad Affleck”?), this latest podcast will help you better understand how fans and artists are all benefitting from these cultural events with the help of our nation’s carefully balanced copyright laws.
Copyright: The Conservative Curveball
Is copyright one of those rare policy issues that can bring Republicans and Democrats together in agreement?
In a conversation about copyright with FreedomWorks Chief Economist Wayne Brough, Kirby Ferguson tries to break down the complex and evolving relationship between conservatives and copyright law in the digital age.
In response to questions about our nation’s copyright law serving as a right or regulation, its role in helping or hurting free speech, and how special interests are changing the intent of our nation’s founders when they incorporated it into the Constitution, Wayne explains the delicate balance needed to promote innovation and reward creators. He cautions against allowing copyright law to swing too far and protect monopolies over culture -- rather than let market forces drive the solution.
Tune in to learn more about how the internet is forcing new conversations about copyright and the role of government, and how achieving this delicate balance may just be an issue that bridges both sides of the aisle.
Copying is Human Nature
Libraries are often overlooked for the important role they play in serving the common good: preserving important works to make knowledge accessible to the public, no matter your station in life. In this latest episode of Copy This, host Kirby Ferguson talks with Laura Quilter, Copyright and Information Policy Librarian at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, about the role copyright plays in education, research and learning.
Laura explains that her primary role as a university librarian is to help simplify the complex issue of copyright and its role in education, by helping listeners recognize that it is human nature to copy as part of the learning process.
She not only helps make materials accessible for the expansion of knowledge, but also works with both faculty and students to understand their rights to make copies, what is the fair use of a work, how to protect their own works, and so much more. Unsure if you need permission to use an old wartime photo? Ask a librarian.
In celebration of Fair Use Week, tune in to expand your own copyright knowledge and what gets librarians excited to party (hint: new works coming into the public domain in 2019).
Pop Culture and the Public Domain
In the 11th episode of Copy This, host Kirby Ferguson talks with James Boyle, law professor at Duke and co-founder of the Center for the Study of the Public Domain. He is also the co-author of the graphic novels "Theft! A History of Music" and "Bound By Law."
The public domain is composed of books, songs, movies, artwork and other copyrighted works that are available for free to the public. Either their copyrights expired over time - as the Founding Fathers intended - or they were never subject to copyright in the first place. This is why popular characters like Frankenstein, the Wizard of Oz, and King Arthur are in the public domain and, therefore, can be reproduced and adapted into other creative formats. The public domain is why Benedict Cumberbatch can star as the eponymous detective in Sherlock Holmes and how musicians can produce holiday albums with classics like “Silent Night” and “Jingle Bells.”
Kirby and James will also discuss the entertainment industries’ efforts over the years to extend copyright terms and prevent works from entering the public domain. While it is more difficult to place a work in the public domain today, James explains why the public domain remains an important resource for innovation and creativity, and is critical for allowing the public to access information and historical materials.
Exporting Balanced Copyright In A Renegotiated NAFTA
As representatives from the United States, Canada and Mexico continue to renegotiate NAFTA, host Kirby Ferguson sits down with University of Ottawa Law Professor Michael Geist in the tenth installment of Copy This to discuss how intellectual property and copyright fits into the trade agreement.
While trade agreements were once designed to remove barriers to trade and eliminate tariffs on traditional goods and services, the debate has evolved to include digital trade and intellectual property. Geist explains why copyright limitations and exceptions -- such as fair use and safe harbors -- are just as important for inclusion as copyright enforcement. With fair use industries adding $2.8 trillion to the U.S. economy and benefitting 18 million American workers, NAFTA must include balanced copyright provisions that reflect the realities of today’s digital age.