CopyNight's organizers hope to take the effort national. In addition to New York, CopyNight gatherings were held simultaneously in Washington, D.C; Providence, Rhode Island; Raleigh, North Carolina; Austin, Texas; Los Angeles; San Francisco and Seattle. CopyNight San Francisco coordinator Ren Bucholz said the gathering there drew about a dozen people, from such varied fields as neuroscience research, medicine and software development.
"People who were there were having really good conversations about current IP issues and putting together a citizen lobbying day," Bucholz said. "We're setting up a community listserv to help plan the things we talked about and continue the conversations that we left at the bar."
The next CopyNight is scheduled for April 26 -- a day the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has declared "World Intellectual Property Day." In its advertisements for the campaign, WIPO offers a list of suggested activities such as "mount an essay competition in local schools on simple intellectual property-related themes" and "arrange for performers to deliver messages encouraging respect for creators and creativity."
In bars across the U.S., CopyNight attendees will be celebrating the day by brainstorming on how best to encourage creation and distribution of creative works while stripping away from them the legal protections of "property."
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