‘Social media is a disaster for copyright’ — essay contest offers UK teens prize money for their opinions

Intellectual property is the domain of every student, not just those studying law.

That’s the conclusion reached by Phil Hearne, Director of Education for the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA), a group that helps businesses and individuals legally access, copy and share the published content they need, while also making sure that copyright owners are paid fair royalties for the use of their work.

CLA has invited students to submit answers to the question ‘social media has been a disaster for intellectual property’. Discuss.

A panel of judges will decide which three essays will win a cash prize.

“Students of politics and media studies, creators of intellectual property in all its forms, written visual, musical, and others with an interest in the implications of social media will have a view,” says Hearne. “This is an essay which drives at the heart of the issue of intellectual property and how we share it in 2020.”

CLA has purposefully kept the question open and general, writes FE News. While the essay might immediately speak to English, Media Studies, Citizenship or Law. It has relevance in a range of other subjects; from the student studying the music that’s sampled in a YouTube video, to the photographer whose images may end up on a search engine.  Ultimately, if any student creates, shares or uses content online, this question is for them.

Students have until June 30th to submit entries, so there’s just over a month for them to research, deliberate and construct their arguments, the best of which will receive prizes in September.

Details, including terms and conditions can be found here.  If you have any questions about the Copyright Essay competition, please contact CLAessayprize@cla.co.uk.

Image source: cla.co.uk

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