The RSA Adelphi Charter has been launched. This Charter promotes a new, fair, user-friendly and efficient way of handing out intellectual property rights in the 21st century. It has been written by an international group of artists, scientists, lawyers, politicians, academics and business experts.
Gilberto Gil, the Brazilian Minister of Culture and a famous musician in his own right, was recently in London to sign the Charter.
It's interesting. There is a school of thought that the Copyright process of the 20th Century was an aberration, and we need to move away from it. I'm not sure of my position on the Charter yet, but I do know that I am very very strong on artists and creators being able to control their intellectual property. But there are places where it's being abused. Especially in the area of agriculture and natural and community property. There is no way that a large corporation should even be able to THINK about registering IP that isn't developed by themselves and then trying to license it back to the people who did develop it. But this isn't necessarily a problem of the Copyright concept, but rather the implementation of it.
Need to think abotu it some more.