The world’s first copyright law was passed by the English Parliament on 10 April 1710 as ‘An Act for the Encouragement of Learning’. In its 300th anniversary year the British Council Creative Economy Unit has organised a series of forums in London, Shanghai, Indonesia and around the world, framed by the question: if today we were starting from scratch, but with the same aim of encouraging learning, what kind of copyright would we want?

In reviewing the purposes and principles of copyright the Copyright 1710-2010 series is interested in forging pragmatic paths forward in this notoriously polarised debate.

The first anniversary forum was held in London on April 9th 2010.

Find out more about Copyright 1710-2010, and listen to the contributions of leaders from across the creative economy at the London forum at

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