The project ESPRIT - Engage the Society on the Rights of Intellectual Property - aims at spreading the knowledge and the value of the intellectual property rights in the new generations, by involving specifically students aged between 14 and 24. The activities will be developed through:
a workshop based on copyright protection and organized in theoretical and practical laboratories where the students will understand the importance of creativity in the production of a musical work and the need for its protection at every stage subsequent to the production;
4 mock trials related to trademark and design protection. They will simulate the proceedings before the EUIPO and the European Union Court. The students will take part in the mock trials, favoring one side or the other, until the provision or the judgment.
All the activities will be video-recorded in order to promote an awareness-raising campaign on the intellectual property.
The intellectual property, even though apparently “intangible”, represents a unique asset for the authors and for the other people entitled as well as for the industry and for the whole community. The real challenge is to transfer to the youngsters the value of the intangible assets and the respect for the creativity, without compromising the spread of the creative products. The challenge is to find the right balance between the protection of the intellectual property and the spread of information and culture. Those are topics still in discussion in the directive’s proposal on copyright in the digital single market, currently under discussion at the European Parliament (2016/0280 (COD)). Therefore, the challenge of ESPRIT is to raise in the new generations a real awareness of the value of the rights so as to limit the phenomena of rights violation, such as the piracy and the counterfeiting of protected goods that still damage the right-holders.
The general objective of the project is to improve the understanding of the Intellectual Property rights and its protection among the younger generations and make them reflect on the value of creativity, originality and authorship.
The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), based in Alicante (Spain), is responsible for managing the EU trade mark and the registered Community design. As a branch of the EUIPO, the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights consists of a network of experts created for the purpose of providing data and tools in support of the fight against infringement of the intellectual property rights and of promoting initiatives to assist innovators, creators and companies (especially SME) in protecting their intellectual property rights. The EUIPO provides funding regularly in the form of grants to third beneficiaries in order to support projects which can contribute to its policies.
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