CISAC and FutureLearn trilingual global online course on copyright history

How did author’s rights and copy­right emerge? How have they evolved over time? How have tech­no­log­i­cal and indus­tri­al inno­va­tions affect­ed pay­ments for art and cre­ative works?

The free, trilin­gual online course “Explor­ing Copy­right” answers these and many oth­er ques­tions. Enrol­ment for CISAC’s Mas­sive Online Open Course (MOOC), offered in part­ner­ship with the social plat­form Future­Learn, is now open in Eng­lishSpan­ish and Por­tuguese. The course starts May 14th, 2018.

Span­ish and Por­tuguese course ver­sions are thanks to sup­port from UBC and SPA, the Brazil­ian and Por­tuguese authors’ soci­eties.

Explor­ing Copy­right” is a his­tor­i­cal jour­ney from Gutenberg’s print­ing press to today’s dig­i­tal age. It exam­ines how cre­ators and authors gained pro­tec­tion under law to earn remu­ner­a­tion for their work. It explains how authors’ rights con­tributed to eco­nom­ic growth over the cen­turies as well as how dig­i­tal tech­nol­o­gy has pre­sent­ed new oppor­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges for receiv­ing equi­table remu­ner­a­tion for their artis­tic endeav­ors. The course includes arti­cles, videos, illus­trat­ed time­lines, quizzes and inter­ac­tive dis­cus­sions.

Find the full press release here.


CISAC Pres­i­dent Jean-Michel Jarre intro­duc­tion



CISAC – the Inter­na­tion­al Con­fed­er­a­tion of Soci­eties of Authors and Com­posers – is the world’s lead­ing net­work of authors’ soci­eties (also referred to as Col­lec­tive Man­age­ment Organ­i­sa­tions, or CMOs).

With 239 mem­ber soci­eties in 121 coun­tries, CISAC rep­re­sents over four mil­lion cre­ators from all geo­graph­ic regions and artis­tic reper­toires includ­ing music, audio­vi­su­al, dra­ma, lit­er­a­ture and visu­al arts. CISAC is presided over by elec­tron­ic music pio­neer Jean-Michel Jarre and the organisation’s vice-pres­i­dents are: Beni­nese singer Angélique Kid­jo, Argen­tinean film direc­tor Marce­lo Piñey­ro, Chi­nese film direc­tor, scriptwriter and pro­duc­er Jia Zhang-ke and Span­ish Neo-Expres­sion­ist visu­al artist Miquel Barceló.

CISAC pro­tects the rights and rep­re­sents the inter­ests of cre­ators world­wide. Found­ed in 1926, it is a non-gov­ern­men­tal, not-for-prof­it organ­i­sa­tion with head­quar­ters in France and region­al offices in Africa (Burk­i­na Faso), Latin Amer­i­ca (Chile), Asia-Pacif­ic (Chi­na) and Europe (Hun­gary). | Twit­ter: @CISACNews | Face­book: CISAC­World­wide