Copyright Alliance Celebrates World IP Day/Week 2021

From April 26-30, the Copyright Alliance celebrated World IP Day by joining our members, partners, and countless creators and organizations around the world to mark the occasion by amplifying blogs and videos, hosting virtual events, and much more—all designed to celebrate the fact that IP helps the global arts scene to flourish and enables the innovation that drives human progress.

The 2021 WIPD theme, as determined by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), was  IP & SMEs: Taking Your Ideas to Market. According to a statement issued by WIPO, Every business starts with an idea. Each of the millions of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that operate across the globe every day started with an idea that took shape in someone’s mind and made its way to market.” This year, WIPD was celebrated virtually due to COVID-19 continuing to impact the world, and we, along with our members and partners, hosted online events and celebrations to ensure that everyone remained safe and well. But celebrating digitally did not dampen the fun, creativity, inspiration and importance of World IP Day. Check out the content below that helped us remember how essential—perhaps now more than ever before–that IP protections are to inspiring creativity and innovation!

In honor of WIPD 2021, Copyright Alliance CEO Keith Kupferschmid shared the following message with the creative and copyright communities, one that spoke to the history of copyright law and intellectual property protections, as well as articulated their continued importance today.

It’s a well-known principle that copyright and intellectual property protections benefit society by incentivizing creativity and innovation. And at a time when the U.S. economy and economies around the globe are experiencing unprecedented hardships, including recovering from the perils of a global pandemic, we need strong and vibrant copyright law now more than ever. In the spirit of celebrating World IP Day 2021, I’m pleased that our 2021 panel events will highlight numerous creators who were able to continue developing their arts and their businesses during 2020 despite unprecedented hurdles. We will also highlight Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Groups (VLAs) around the country, organizations that work as strong advocates for creators and copyright protections day in and day out. I, along with the entire Copyright Alliance team, wish you all the best for a Happy World IP Day, and a very successful year ahead! – Keith Kupferschmid, CEO, Copyright Alliance

World IP Day Video Messages from Elected Officials

Check out the videos below that were shared by elected officials on the importance of recognizing and celebrating the impact that intellectual property has on supporting creators and the creator community.

  • Senator Gary Peters (D-MI)
  • Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) 
  • Congressman Ben Cline (R-VA)
  • Congressman Darell Issa (R-CA)

Senator Peters 2021 World IP Day

Senator Tillis 2021 World IP Day

Congressman Cline 2021 World IP Day

Congressman Issa 2021 World IP Day

World IP Day Blogs & Articles

Creative Enterprises: Small Business, BIG Impact: In keeping with this year’s World IP Day theme, IP & SMEs: Taking Your Ideas to Market, the Copyright Alliance hosted a panel discussion featuring a variety of creators and advocates on what it takes to grow and monetize a creative business, the challenges faced running a business during the pandemic, how intellectual property helps to fuel the creative and business processes, and much more! Panel participants included: Janet Hicks, VP, Director of Licensing, Artists Rights SocietyRyan Edwards, Creator and Owner, MASARY StudiosKick Lee, Founder and Director, Cincinnati Music AcceleratorRachel Lackey, Creator and Owner, Green Pea PressDanielle Van Lier, Assistant General Counsel, SAG-AFTRA (moderator). To watch the video of the panel, click here.

Small Enterprises Making a BIG Difference: The Copyright Alliance also hosted a second-panel discussion featuring representatives from Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) groups across the country, including The Ella Project: New OrleansVolunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts: St. LouisVolunteer Lawyers for the Arts New YorkGreater Pittsburgh Arts CouncilPhiladelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the ArtsCalifornia Lawyers for the ArtsArts and Business Council NashvilleArts and Business Council BostonSpringboard for the Arts (Minnesota), Colorado Attorneys for the Arts,  Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA)Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, and Lawyers for the Creative Arts (Chicago). The panel focused on how VLA groups support creators and their businesses by providing copyright information to help ensure their rights and fuel their growth. To watch the video of the panel, click here.