Michael Geist


With an increasing ease for one to download, trade and share information, there is also an increasing desire by companies, corporations and private interests to protect their works. In a time where everything can be commoditized and ideas can be bought and sold at a price, a question we must answer is - Who owns our creativity? Must all rights be reserved? This lecture explores the growth of the citizen journalist and the blossoming of independent creativity online. He also examines the concerns with copyright: how lobby groups have consistently pushed for ever stronger rules. Finally, Dr. Geist presents the opportunity for something different: how countries can create a copyright and cultural policy in their own national interest.