Remix! A Panel Discussion on Copyright and Intellectual Property for Writers

Remix! A Panel Discussion on Copyright and Intellectual Property for Writers

Copyright and intellectual property are new areas of focus for writers and artists as their works are produced and reproduced in an age of digital technology. This has many serious implications: legal, artistic, publishing, just to name the few. In collaboration between the Creative Writing Department, the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, a panel comprised of artists, writers, cultural navigators, and communication experts come together to present and discuss about how their craft is viewed and adjusting in the age of digital technology.

Andrew Gray is a writer and educator. He is the founder and coordinator of the Optional Residency MFA program in Creative Writing at UBC, a distance-education version of the existing MFA program. The program has been in operation for five years and includes over 100 graduate students from all over the world. Andrew’s stories and poetry have appeared in numerous literary publications. He was a finalist for the 2000 Journey Prize for his short story “Heart of the Land”. His first collection of short fiction, Small Accidents, was published by Raincoast in the fall of 2001 and was shortlisted for the Ethel Wilson award in BC and an IPPY independent publisher’s award in the US. He lives on Vancouver Island with his family.

Meera Nair received her PhD from the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. Her research interests lie in the intersection of cultural policy and technology, particularly copyright law. Dr. Nair feels that the law is as much an expression of culture as are music, literature, and the visual arts. Canada’s unique cultural makeup, drawn from both common law and civil law regimes, shows itself in the doctrine of fair dealing which protects creativity itself. Fair dealing mediates between the rights asserted, and duties upheld, by all citizens.

Alden E. Habacon is the Manager of Diversity Initiatives for the English Television Network (CBC Television) of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Radio-Canada, where he designs and manages the implementation of initiatives that support CBC’s commitment to accurately reflect Canada’s diversity in programming and hiring. He is also the founder of Schema Magazine (, an online magazine whose mandate is to reflect the most culturally mobile and complexly diverse generation of Canadians ever observed.

Larissa Lai an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at The University of British Columbia. She holds a PhD from the University of Calgary. Her first novel, When Fox Is a Thousand (Press Gang 1995) was shortlisted for the Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Her second novel, Salt Fish Girl (Thomas Allen Publishers 2002) was shortlisted for the Sunburst Award, the Tiptree Award and the City of Calgary W. O. Mitchell Award. In 2004, West Coast Line published a special issue focussed on her work. She has been the Markin-Flanagan Writer-in-Residence at the University of Calgary (1997-8), and Writer-in-Residence in the English Department at Simon Fraser University (2006). sybil unrest, her collaborative long poem with Rita Wong, was published by Line Books in 2009. Eggs in the Basement, a long poem based on a vocabulary exhaustion exercise, surprised its writer by telling the story of Moses and Monotheism. It was published by Nomados, also in 2009. Lai’s first solo full-length poetry book, Automaton Biographies, has just been released by Arsenal Pulp Press.

Tetsuro Shigematsu is a Canadian radio broadcaster, comedian and filmmaker. He was the most recent host of CBC Radio One’s former afternoon series The Roundup, where he replaced Bill Richardson in 2004. The show completed its final episode on November 4, 2005. Prior to working for CBC Radio, he was a writer for the Canadian TV show This Hour Has 22 Minutes.
Thursday November 5, 2009, 2:00-4:00pm
Lillooet Room (301) at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
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