Authors of the Future

Documentation of a studyday re-imagining Copyleft in ISELP, Brussels, 27-09-19

Conventional intellectual property law binds authors and their hybrid contemporary practices in a framework of assumed ownership and individualism. It conceives creations as original works, making collective, networked practices difficult to fit. Within that legal and ideological framework, Copyleft, Open Content Licenses or Free Culture Licensing introduced a different view of authorship, opening up the possibility for a re-imagining of authorship as a collective, feminist, webbed practice. But over time, some of the initial spark and potentiality of Free Culture licensing has been normalized and its problems and omissions have become increasingly apparent.

Can we invent licences that are based on collective creative practices, in which cooperation between machine and biological authors, need not be an exception? How could attribution be a form of situated genealogy, rather than accounting for heritage through listing names of contributing individuals? In what way can we limit predatory practices without blocking the generative potential of Free Culture? What would a decolonial and feminist license look like, and in what way could we propose entangled notions of authorship? Or perhaps we should think of very different strategies?
(Full text in FR, NL and EN in the programme booklet)


Pictures and recordings: Ruby Water
Pictures and recordings: Ruby Water



Introduction and welcome



Severine Dusollier (SciencesPo, Paris)
Inclusive Copyright

Aymeric Mansoux (XPUB, Rotterdam)
Free Only-if

Eva Weinmayr (Pirate Library/And-And Publishing, London)
Situated collective authorship

Daniel Blanga Gubbay (KFDA, Brussels)
Potential authorship

Constant Copy Cult archive, 1999
Constant Copy Cult archive, 1999


Speculative license writing

Group 1 (Eva Weinmayr, Severine Dusollier, Donatella Portoghese, Manetta Berends, Wendy Van Wynsberghe): notes + discussion

Group 2 (Daniel Blanga Gubbay, Elodie Mugfreya, An Mertens, Sarah Magnan, Loraine Further, Marjorie Bonnet +1): notes + discussion

Group 3 Cinéma sauvage (Ayméric Mansoux, Rebecca Fruitman, Joachim Soudan, Peter Westenberg): discussion

Group 4 (Pierre Huyghebaert, Femke Snelting, Eric Schrijver, Deborah De Robertis): discussion


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Revisited Open Content Licenses

Licenses selected for the way they render the problems with and omissions of Free Licensing legible:


Further reading