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CopyrightX summit

In mid-May, the Monash Prato Centre hosted an international copyright law summit, convened by Harvard and Monash Law Schools.

The summit was the first international gathering of copyright experts and teachers affiliated with Harvard University’s CopyrightX Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) initiative. The CopyrightX course, convened by Professor Terry Fisher of Harvard, has been offered annually since 2013 under the auspices of the Harvard Law School, the HarvardX distance-learning initiative and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

Harvard and Monash University, a member of the CopyrightX community since 2015, jointly conceived the first CopyrightX summit that took place at The Monash Prato Centre from 18 – 20 May. The summit was an opportunity for over 30 international delegates to share their insights on issues relating to teaching copyright law and improving the CopyrightX program, and included sessions focusing on current issues in copyright law and policy. Papers presented at the summit included: copyright in traditional knowledge; copyright exceptions and limitations; pending international copyright agreements; improving systems for dealing with disputes about take-down of online material; addressing unauthorised online distribution; and copyright issues relating to mass digitisation projects.

Delegates to the summit included a significant number of current and future CopyrightX fellows from Harvard Law School, delegates from Monash Law School, and from a wide cross-section of international universities, including academics from Egypt, Italy, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, South Africa, India, Brazil, Bulgaria and Nigeria. Delegates to the summit agreed that it was a successful first stage in building long term international collaboration between academics and researchers associated with the CopyrightX initiative. Following from the outstanding success of the first summit, plans are underway to ensure that a face-to-face CopyrightX summit is held at least annually, with regular summits planned for the Monash Prato Centre.