C4C Brussels event – June 2011

The needs of creators, archivists, and educators in transforming creative works

C4C held a successful dinner event at the European Parliament in Brussels on June 14th. A total of 37 guests followed our invitation to discuss the needs of creators, archivists, and educators in transforming creative works and how the European copyright framework could be improved to meet their challenges. Participants included members of the European Parliament, the European Commission as well as representatives from libraries, right-holders, business and the academic community.

As our world becomes increasingly digitized, it is important that we consider the needs of those who create, archive, and teach creative works. The following list outlines some of the key considerations for each group:

Creators

As creators of digital content, we need tools that allow us to easily create and manipulate our work. We also need platforms that give us control over how our work is distributed and monetized. And finally, we need ways to ensure that our work is properly attributed and credited.

  • The ability to control how their works are used and distributed
  • The ability to generate income from their works
  • The ability to have their works preserved for future generations

Archivists

As archivists of digital content, we need tools that allow us to easily preserve and curate our collections. We also need ways to ensure that our collections are accessible and usable by future generations. And finally, we need to be able to share our collections with others in a way that is respectful of the rights of creators and users.

  • The ability to preserve works in their original format
  • The ability to catalog and track works
  • The ability to make works accessible to the public

Teachers

As teachers of digital content, we need tools that allow us to easily create and deliver our courses. We also need ways to ensure that our students have access to the resources they need to be successful. And finally, we need to be able to assess our students’ learning in a way that is reliable and valid.

  • The ability to use works in the classroom
  • The ability to create teaching materials based on works
  • The ability to share works with students online

As the way we consume and create content changes, it is important that we adapt the way we protect the rights of creators, archive works, and teach with them. By doing so, we can ensure that the digital world is a place where creativity can flourish.

These are just some of the key needs that must be met in order to facilitate the transformation of creative works in our increasingly digitized world. With the right tools and platforms in place, we can ensure that creators, archivists, and teachers have the resources they need to thrive in this new environment.