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Copy Culture in the US and Germany

The American Assembly is a national, non-partisan public affairs forum, dedicated to illuminates issues of public policy.  Founded by Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1950, The American Assembly is affiliated with Columbia University.

Media Piracy in Emerging Economies

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC), based in New York City, is an independent, nonprofit organization devoted to promoting innovative work across the social sciences. Founded in 1923, the Council seeks, through a diverse range of projects, to build interdisciplinary and international networks, to mobilize new knowledge on important public issues, and to educate and train the next generation of researchers. The SSRC awards fellowships and grants, convenes workshops and conferences, sponsors scholarly and public exchanges, organizes summer training institutes, and produces a range of publications, both in print and online.

The Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP), American University Washington College of Law, promotes public interest approaches to domestic and international intellectual property law through research, education, events and the provision of legal and consulting services. PIJIP’s curriculum and activities promote a balanced approach to intellectual property and information law that rewards creators while ensuring broad public access to information and its products.

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC).  For those of us who have access to it, the internet has become an essential part of our daily information and communication needs. However millions of people still do not have affordable, reliable or sufficient access to it. APC believes the internet is a global public good. Founded in 1990, we are an international network and non-profit organisation that wants everyone to have access to a free and open internet to improve our lives and create a more just world. Eighty percent of APC’s members are from developing countries.

The Centre for Independent Social Research (CISR) was established in 1991 and has since has been one of the few non-state institutes in Russia engaged in both academic research as well as professional training for young researchers. CISR’s researchers are primarily guided by qualitative sociological methodology and the Centre’s research reflects a broad spectrum of sociological interests, with a focus on studies of civil society and social structure. Up to 40-50 projects are conducted annually, most in cooperation with specialists from all over Russia and abroad. Since 1995, the Centre has published its own research periodicals in Russian and English, along with ten issues of a Working Papers series, which are available in the CISR library and research archive. CISR supports professional training for young Russian sociologists and is a member of several international research networks, including the creation of new research centers throughout the Russian Federation.

The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) was created in 1946 by Leading Soviet scientists and Government as an advanced educational and research Institution with primary concentration in Physics. MIPT quickly assumed a leading position in this field and became known internationally. It is difficult to overestimate the significance of MIPT for Soviet Physics and Science in general. Institute’s graduates became leading specialists in nuclear research and rocket science, biophysics, radiophysics and other numerous branches of Science. MIPT’s Faculty is the highest authority in Russia in the area of Physical Sciences education at the University and advanced high school level.

The Instituto Sociocultural Overmundo is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting access to knowledge and cultural diversity in Brazil. Created in 2006 and headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, the Institute is concerned with the establishment of new channels and opportunities for the dissemination cultural production throughout Brazil; development of studies and strategies of new possibilities for creation, sharing and circulation of culture and knowledge generated by the Internet and digital technologies; and the encouragement of innovative models for management of intellectual property and business in the areas of culture and communication which provide legal and economic basis to the two previous lines of action.

The Centro de Tecnologia e Sociedade (CTS – Center for Technology and Society) is part of the Fundação Getulio Vargas Law School in Rio de Janeiro and is the only institution in Brazil specifically aimed at dealing with the interplay of law, technology and society, with focus on intellectual property rights. The CTS is engaged in several research and education projects, always under an interdisciplinary approach. Among its projects, the CTS is responsible for launching and managing the Creative Commons project in Brazil (www.creativecommons.org), in association with the University of Stanford Law School and leads projects such as Open Business Models, Digital Inclusion, Internet legal framework, Access to Knowledge and Free Culture production.

Sarai is a program of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), one of India’s leading research institutes with a commitment to critical and dissenting thought and a focus on critically expanding the horizons of the discourse on development, particularly with reference to South Asia. We are a coalition of researchers and practitioners with a commitment towards developing a model of research-practice that is public and creative, in which multiple voices express and render themselves in a variety of forms. Over the last ten years, Sarai has matured into what could arguably be South Asia’s most prominent and productive platform for research and reflection on the transformation of urban space and contemporary realities, especially with regard to the interface between cities, information, society, technology and culture.

The Alternative Law Forum is a collective of lawyers and researchers working on various socio legal issues. ALF perceives itself simultaneously as a space that provides qualitative legal services to marginalized groups, and as an autonomous research institution working with a strong interdisciplinary approach. It has been working on public interest aspects of intellectual property law and policy for the past ten years and has played a role in several legal campaigns including access to medicine and fair use issues in copyright law.  It has been collaborating on a joint research program with Sarai on the social life of media piracy

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The International Development Research Center (IDRC) is a Crown corporation created by the Parliament of Canada in 1970 to help developing countries use science and technology to find practical, long-term solutions to the social, economic, and environmental problems they face. Our support is directed toward creating a local research community whose work will build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous societies. The Centre supports research under four broad themes: Environment and Natural Resource Management; Information and Communication Technologies for Development; Innovation, Policy and Science; and Social and Economic Policy.  This project owes special thanks to IDRC program staff Phet Sayo, Khaled Fourati, and Alicia Richero.

The Ford Foundation, established in 1936, is an independent, global organization with a legacy of commitment to innovative leaders on the frontlines of social change.  The project owes special thanks to program staff Alan Divack, Ana Toni, and Jenny Toomey.

Google supported the Copy Culture in the US and Germany project.

The Open Society Foundations supported the Spanish translation of the Media Piracy report.