If everything is for free, creation would be seriously affected – Olav Stokkmo

In a recent interview given to one of the main Chilean newspapers, Olav Stokkmo, IFRRO’s CEO, shared some of his views on copyright, IFRRO’s structure and its worldwide representation. 

The interview took place during a short visit to the South American country (available here) and gave Stokkmo the opportunity to raise awareness about the knowledge economy and how it is based on copyright and intellectual property. 
 
He emphasised the fact that, nowadays with the use of the internet, there is a tendency to forget that the content has been created by someone and that creators are entitled to live from their works. Jeron Lanier, a well-known American computer scientist, was the first one to draw attention to this problem, raising questions about the benefits of “free” content on the internet. 
 
During this interview, Olav Stokkmo took the opportunity to throw the following question to the air: “Why should authors and publishers not be paid or rewarded just as any other worker?”.
 
Finally, he also added the importance of collective management in providing seamless access to copyright works, and that educational institutions and others are offered better access when taking up licences with RROs, such as SADEL in Chile, to complement access offered by authors and publishers directly.