World Intellectual Property Day

In celebration of World Intellectual Property Day on April 26, 2014, SLA CEO Janice Lachance stated as part of a project for The Copyright & New Media Law Newsletter, “Intellectual property lies at the very foundation of the current digital evolution–an evolution which has empowered and inspired so many to make a lasting impact on our societies. A core understanding of intellectual property and copyright issues is critical to continued innovation and success in our global economy.”

As information professionals and gatekeepers to so much copyright-protected content on a daily basis, we constantly encounter copyright issues and make on-the-spot judgment calls about how to apply copyright law. We have the opportunity to sit back and think about the role intellectual property and specifically copyright law, plays in our daily lives.

Every year on April 26, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) celebrates World Intellectual Property Day to “promote discussion of the role of intellectual property (IP) in encouraging innovation and creativity.” And every day SLA members are in the position of applying copyright in their libraries and workplaces.

What can you do to raise awareness of intellectual property issues? WIPO offers various publicity materials including a poster, bookmark and pictogram. WIPO also has a list of suggested activities for celebrating World IP Day and to help organizations raise public awareness about copyright and other areas of IP.

You can also learn more about copyright and intellectual property in SLA’s Certificate in Copyright Management program.  Sign up for CCM800 Copyright Principles for Authors and Publishers, which begins May 6.

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