The Connecting Culture and Commerce Conference provided a forum for high profile expert speakers and representatives from the cultural, media, education, commerce and Government sectors to debate how to balance cultural and commercial interests. The challenges of opening wider public access whilst protecting rights has been set against emerging business and licensing models, technological change, the legislative framework and the demands of the 21 st Century. It has been an opportunity to openly challenge misconceptions about roles and to start discussing new working practices and partnerships.
This is a critical time for museums, galleries and other owners of heritage collections. Issues surrounding creative industries, technology and new media together with discussions about Intellectual Property Rights are being played out at the highest political levels and the landscape has the potential to be reshaped dramatically. Cultural heritage organisations need to embrace these developments and position themselves to ensure that they are represented as a sector that provides cultural content, free at the point of access, whilst looking to the rights that they own themselves to develop models to sustain their core activities.
The Museums Copyright Group - representing the concerns of a range of museums in the area of copyright - and King’s College London - one of the UK’s leading academic institutions and active collaborator with the cultural and heritage sector,- jointly hosted this ground breaking conference in response to these Government-led initiatives and as an opportunity to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the foundation of the Museums Copyright Group.
All the presentations of the day are available here in audio format for download (mp3) and where there was a powerpoint or word document, they are provided here in PDF:
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