Modern Poland Foundation
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Category: culture


CopyCamp 2016 summary

Oct. 29, 2016, 9:29 p.m.
Krzysztof Siewicz

Now that CopyCamp 2016 is behind us we wanted to share a few words on how it went.

This year, the conference took place during Thursday 27th and and Friday 28th of October in Warsaw, Poland. It was the 5th time we have hosted CopyCamp and this year we proudly managed to gather the largest number of foreign conference speakers to date. We had the pleasure of hosting guests representing the countries of the European Union, including the countries of the Visegrad Group, as well as representatives of Belarus, Colombia, Canada and the United States. Around 250 people who attended the conference, as well as our viewers online streaming via google hangouts, heard from a total of 70 speakers. In addition, dozens of people took part in the five workshops that accompanied the conference (photo. Rafal Nowak, CC BY SA).

We listened with particular interest to Ms. Therese Comodini Cachia, Member of the European Parliament and the rapporteur for the proposed Directive on copyright in the Single Digital Market.


Jacek Dehnel at CopyCamp 2016

Oct. 13, 2016, 4:04 p.m.
Krzysztof Siewicz

Jacek Dehnel will tell us at CopyCamp about using other people’s work in own creations. Jacek is a poet, writer, translator and painter. Laureate of the Kościelscy Prize (2005), Polityka Passport (2006) et al. Four times Nike prize nominee.


Anna Smolar at CopyCamp 2016

Oct. 6, 2016, 2:55 p.m.
Krzysztof Siewicz

At CopyCamp, Anna Smolar will tell us about the production of the play Henrietta Lacks (more about the play at: „…/festiwal-pr…/projekt-teatralny/”:…/festiwal-pr…/projekt-teatralny/). It will be a story about recycling culture and collective work of actors and the director. Anna Smolar is a Polish-French theater director and translator. In 2016 her Dybuk received a ministerial prize for achievements in Polish Contemporary Art. Her performance Aktorzy Żydowscy (Jewish Actors) received the 2016 Grand Prix at Kaliskie Spotkania Teatralne. She is the author of the French translation book Grazyna Jagielska Miłość z kamienia.


Mikołaj Iwański at CopyCamp 2016

Oct. 5, 2016, 10:07 a.m.
Krzysztof Siewicz

Authors’ social rights. We cannot wait to hear the keynote of this year’s session on remunerating authors at CopyCamp. On October 27th it will be given by dr. Mikołaj Iwański, economist, head of History and Theory of Art Institute at the Painting and New Media Department of the Academy of Arts in Szczecin. Dr. Iwański co-edited the Black Book of Polish Artists (2015).


Olga Goriunova at CopyCamp 2016

Sept. 30, 2016, 11:24 a.m.
Krzysztof Siewicz

Will copyright law soon become irrelevant in the age of machine learning? We are looking forward to hearing Olga Goriunova’s point of view discussing ownership, data and digital subjects. Dr Goriunova is a Senior Lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is the author of Art Platforms and Cultural Production on the Internet (Routledge, 2012), editor of Fun and Software: Exploring Pleasure, Pain and Paradox in Computing (Bloomsbury, 2014) and co-editor of Readme. Software Art and Cultures (University of Aarhus Press, 2004). She is a co-founder and co-editor of Computational Culture, A Journal of Software Studies ( In 2014-2016 she is part of the Posthumanities research network. She is currently working on a monograph on digital subjects and on a co-authored book on environmental ethico-aesthetics.


Jody Wood at CopyCamp 2016

Sept. 28, 2016, 3:44 p.m.
Krzysztof Siewicz

Copyright is not the only tool used to create intellectual monopolies. Freedom and ownership (of information) of ourselves is what Jody Wood will talk about at CopyCamp in her presentation titled „Identity as Privilege”. Jody is New York–based artist, currently a Fellow at University Settlement in NYC. She teaches art and social justice at Pace University. You can find more about Jody at:


Alicja Peszkowska at CopyCamp 2016

Sept. 26, 2016, 10:19 a.m.
Krzysztof Siewicz

On Thursday, October 27th we plan a special session at CopyCamp about author’s remuneration. Alicja Peszkowska will talk there about Creative Commons licenses and how they affect artist’s (business) success. Alicja is a community builder dealing with the topic of new technologies & social change. She worked at TechSoup and co-­built NetWtorek, organised and took part in numerous social hackathons and booksprints. She is a part of Niskie ciśnienie (en: Low Pressure) band. You can find their records under CC at


What is the Future of the Right to Culture?

Dec. 31, 2014, 12:10 p.m.
Marta Skotnicka

The Modern Poland Foundation presents the results of the research on the possible future scenarios of creating, sharing and using cultural goods and the impact of copyright on the state of European society, culture, education and creative sectors in the perspective of the year 2040.

Copyright law is a lens focusing a lot of different and complex problems – from issues related to fundamental rights such as freedom of speech, freedom of communication and right to privacy, through constitutional models of political life, to tectonic changes in the markets caused by technological changes. The status of this legislation determines not only the work of many business sectors, but also the basic issues related to communication of hundreds of millions of people, a lot of citizens treating copyright law as a way of earning a living, level of education, or the operation of high culture.

(from Introduction by Jarosław Lipszyc)

The report summarising the project is available in Polish and English.


Open Call for CopyCamp 2014

April 30, 2014, 5:01 p.m.
Marta Skotnicka

We are pleased to have launched an Open Call for speakers at the International CopyCamp Conference 2014. This year we will focus on the social impacts of copyright. CopyCamp will take place on November 6-7 in Warsaw.

If you are interested in the subject of copyright and would like to express their opinion, submit a presentation proposal by the 15th of June.

To take part in the conference as a speaker, please submit your presentation summary of max. 1800 characters via speaker registration form. In order to simply attend the conference, please sign up using participant registration form.

Submitting your proposal, please choose one of the following thematic tracks:

  • CopyArt
  • Creative Middle Class
  • How to Pay?
  • How to Be Paid?
  • Copyright and Education
  • Technology and Innovation
  • Copyright and Human Rights
  • Self-Publishing
  • Future of the Book
  • Copyright Enforcement
  • Future of Copyright
  • Copyright Debate

On the basis of the proposal summary, the appointed jury will select about 30 speakers of this year’s CopyCamp. Please note: your presentation should not exceed 10 minutes.

Please find more information at!


Book promotion: Eben Moglen "Freedom in the cloud and other essays"

Oct. 11, 2013, 3:27 p.m.
Marta Skotnicka

On October 29, 2013 in Nie Zawsze Musi Być Chaos there was an open meeting promoting the collection of texts by Ebena Moglena translated and published by the Modern Poland Foundation.

You can watch the meeting here:

The book will be soon available through the website.