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WIPO International Conference on Intellectual Property and the Creative Industries – 29-30 October

The World Intellectual Property Organization got in touch to let me know about this conference:

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is organizing an International Conference on Intellectual Property and the Creative Industries, which will be held at WIPO headquarters in Geneva on October 29th and 30th, 2007.

The Conference is being organized to provide a forum for discussion on the concept and application of creativity in the creative industries with a clear focus on their intellectual property component. More information is available on the WIPO website.

It sounds like an interesting event, especially as it’s free. When I did the MA in Creative and Media Enterprises at Warwick University one of the key modules was on Managing Intellectual Property, which turned out to be surprisingly interesting. If you’re running any kind of creative business, then it’s essential to have some grasp of the key principles of intellectual property law, and particularly the issues raised by digital technology and the internet. (I mean the real issues, not the tub-thumping scare-mongering by certain Content Kings.)

For some useful IP resources you might like to have a look at my Books and links: Intellectual Property page.

New Feature: Books + Links for Creative Professionals

Books + LinksKeen observers of this blog’s sidebar will have noticed a new section appearing under the ‘Categories’ over the past few days: Books + Links for Creative Professionals. I got the idea when I realised I was writing similar e-mails to coaching clients over and over again, recommending the same books, websites and other resources. So rather than keep reinventing the wheel each time, I thought I’d gather the recommendations in one place for easy reference.

I’ve started the series with pages on Creativity and Intellectual Property. There are plenty more pages in the pipeline, on topics ranging from the imaginative and esoteric to the practical and financial aspects of working as an artist or running a creative business.

Everything I recommend will be things I’ve used myself or that my clients have told me has been useful to them. I hope you find something to help you in your creative work, and would love to hear your feedback about any of the recommendations.

Please let me know if there’s a topic you’d like me to cover in future Books + Links pages, or a resource you think other readers would find useful.