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In Focus
2 May 2006

Copyright is a branch of law that provides protection for the moral and economic interests of creators in granting them ownership and exploitation rights over their original works. Copyright also takes into account the needs of society at large for access to knowledge and information. With its activities in the field of copyright, UNESCO endeavours to contribute to the maintenance of this delicate balance in the digital environment.  

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What is copyright? Marcel Marceau mimes the response (video film, 4'44)
World Book and Copyright Day - April 23, 2006: Eleventh year of celebration

Persistence of piracy: Cultural industries and cultural diversity in jeopardy(pdf)
The only copyright legal journal in the world published in six languages: The e-Copyright Bulletin

Copyright laws enhance cultural diversity: Collection of National Copyright Laws
News and Events

Bogotá, World Book Capital Bogotá, Colombia
22 04 - 07 05 2006 The central theme of the 19th international book fair is "The Role of Books in Education". This year's fair will pay tribute to six world book capitals: Madrid (Spain), Alexandria (Egypt), New Delhi (India), Antwerp (Belgium), Montréal (Canada) and Turin (Italy). Bogotá, will be designated book capital in 2007.

Artists4Life Paris, France
02 - 07 05 2006 The “Artists4Life” exhibition, a joint project organized by UNESCO and the NGO Dessine L’Espoir, will be shown, in its entirety, at the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild in Paris from 2 to 7 May 2006.

Tourist Guides in South Asia: Training of Workshop Trainers Paro, Bhutan
06 - 11 05 2006 UNESCO’s first training session for future trainers of the Cultural Heritage Specialized Guide Programme workshop in South Asia will include 20 trainees from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka and 8 trainers from the region.

Rising Above the Tsunami: Transmitting Acehnese Cultural Heritage Jakarta, Indonesia
09 05 2006 A special cultural event involving Acehnese children and traditional artists who have survived the December 2004 Tsunami will be held on Tuesday, 9 May at the Balairung Sapta Pesona, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia.
UNESCO-UNITWIN network "Culture, Tourism and Development" Gréoux-les-Bains, France
10 - 13 05 2006 The theme of this second meeting is “How can cultural tourism be best linked to the sustainable development of the territories: from field to teaching?”
UNESCO SEAL of Excellence for Handicrafts in East Asia Beijing (China), Ulaanbaator (Mongolia), Seoul (Republic of Korea)
12 05 2006 The SEAL East Asia contest will be officially launched on 12 May 2006 in the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea and Mongolia.
Inventory of Sites and Places of Memory related to the Slave Trade and Slavery in the Caribbean Havana, Cuba
17 - 19 05 2006 This meeting will bring together about 25 experts and officials from Aruba, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
Celebration of World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development Juba, Sudan
21 05 2006 As part of the celebrations to commemorate World Day of Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, UNESCO will organize a cultural event aimed specifically at promoting the understanding and recognition of the rich multicultural dimension of Sudan’s tangible and intangible heritage among children and young adolescents.
Lenguas y culturas en Amazonia. ¿Diversidad en peligro? Havana, Cuba
23 05 2006 On the occasion of World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (21 May) the publication Lenguas y culturas en Amazonia. ¿Diversidad en peligro? (book and CD) will be presented at the Casa de las Américas.
Nouveaux virtuoses Concert UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France
30 05 2006 The Nouveaux Virtuoses Concerts are a series of classical concerts chiefly aimed at promoting young international solo artists in collaboration with the National Confederation of Junior-Enterprises.
Heritage Conservation and Sustainable Development Shaoxing, China
31 05 - 02 06 2006 A follow-up to the international Conference on Cultural Heritage Management and Urban Development, which was held in Beijing (China) in July 2000, this 2nd international conference will be aimed at increasing institutional understanding of tools for managing and developing cultural heritage.
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