From April 25-29, the Copyright Alliance will celebrate World Intellectual Property Day (WIPD) by joining our members, partners, and countless creators and organizations around the world to mark the occasion by amplifying blogs and videos, hosting virtual events, and much more—all designed to celebrate the fact that IP helps the global arts scene to flourish and enables the innovation that drives human progress.
The 2022 WIPD theme, as determined by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), is IP and Youth: Innovating for a Better Future. According to a statement issued by WIPO, “Across the globe, young people are stepping up to innovation challenges, using their energy and ingenuity, their curiosity and creativity to steer a course towards a better future. This year, the World Intellectual Property Day 2022’s theme focuses on IP and Youth innovating for a Better Future. We [will] explore how these innovative, energetic and creative minds are driving positive change.
As we look forward to celebrating WIPD 2022, we—along with our members and partners—will host online events and celebrations while ensuring that everyone remains safe and well. Check out the content and events below as we remember how essential—perhaps now more than ever before–that IP protections are to inspiring creativity and innovation in young people!
Speaking of special events…
On Tuesday, April 26 at 12 p.m. ET, join us right here on this webpage for the Copyright Alliance’s World IP Day panel discussion titled Copyright and Youth: Creating a Better Future, in keeping with the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) 2022 theme of IP and Youth: Innovating for a Better Future. (Please see the video/link at top of the page, which will allow you to access the event on April 26 at 12 p.m. ET!). Panelists include Kick Lee of the Cincinnati Music Accelerator (CMA), Janet Hicks of Artists Rights Society (ARS), Kim Tignor, Executive Director of the Institute for Intellectual Property & Social Justice and founder of the Take Creative Control program, David Sohn of Copyright and Creativity, fine artist Mary Adelaide (Addie) Clark, and Keith Kupferschmid of the Copyright Alliance will moderate. The panel will discuss topics such as how bright, curious, and talented young minds are transformed into tomorrow’s musicians, artists, writers, actors, photographers, video game designers, and many other types of creators and innovators; how to provide real world examples and education for students to model and learn from as they become career-minded creative professionals themselves; how young creators and innovators learn about protecting their works through copyright and other forms of IP; and much more. To attend the panel, please email us at RSVP@CopyrightAlliance.org and then join us!
World IP Day Message from Copyright Alliance CEO Keith Kupferschmid
In honor of WIPD 2022, Copyright Alliance CEO Keith Kupferschmid shares the following message with the creative and copyright communities, one that speaks to the history of copyright law and intellectual property protections, as well as articulates their continued importance today.
As everyone knows, copyright and intellectual property protections benefit society by incentivizing creativity and innovation. They also make it possible for the world to enjoy incredible works of art, music, books, and so much more! And at a time when economies around the world are experiencing new challenges, including continuing to recover from the perils of an unprecedented pandemic, we need strong and vibrant copyright law now more than ever. In the spirit of celebrating World IP Day, I’m pleased that our 2022 initiatives will highlight the tremendous and broad-ranging contributions being made by young people as a result of their ingenuity, technology, innovations, creations, copyrighted works, and by making the future better for all of us living in today’s global community. We will also highlight our Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLAs) partners around the country, organizations that work as strong advocates for creators and copyright protections, day in and day out. Lastly, I, along with the entire Copyright Alliance team, wish you all the best for a Happy World IP Day 2022, and a very successful year ahead! – Keith Kupferschmid, CEO, Copyright Alliance