Kopiosto promotes creative work by enabling the use of different material and works. It grants licenses for a variety of issues and distributes remunerations to copyrights owners.
Kopiosto represents roughly 50,000 Finnish copyrights owners who belong to 45 member organizations representing authors, photographers, performing artists and publishers in all fields of creative work.
Copyright organisation Kopisto's Luova100 project invites creators from different fields to express their wishes for 100-year-old Finland and share their stories as creative professionals.
Luova100 is a project celebrating Finland as the country turns 100 years old, highlighting the diversity of creative industries by showcasing a wide range of creative professionals and professions. The wishes expressed by creators will be compiled into a declaration, which will help develop the vitality of creative industries and facilitate the future growth of Finland.
Creative industries play an important role in regard to Finland's national economy and employment. According to a recent EU report*, in Finland copyright-intensive industries account for 7.3% of the GDP and employ 7% of the workforce. The importance of these industries to Finland's national economy is greater than the EU average, with the average figures being 6.8% of the GDP and 5.4% of the workforce.
"While operating in the EU-wide market, we must constantly strive to maintain the vitality of Finnish creative industries. The Luova100 project compiles the thoughts, ideas and development targets of creators, boosts their visibility and thus helps develop creative industries," says Valtteri Niiranen, the CEO of Kopiosto, which is behind the Luova100 project.
All creators working in creative industries are invited to participate in the project by expressing their wishes regarding their own industries or professions to Finland as the country turns 100, and by sharing their ideas on how creative industries can continue to serve as the cornerstones of the Finnish language and culture for another 100 years. In addition to this, Luova100 will be gathering stories from creators. These wishes and stories can be submitted through the Luova100 website.
The project is aimed at all citizens of Finland. The project will produce teaching materials for schools, summarise creators' wishes into a declaration to be given to decision-makers, and provide the public with opportunities to get to know a wide range of people working in the creative industries through audiovisual materials, for example.
Luova100 is one of the events and projects of Finland’s centenary year 2017.
For more information, please visit www.luova100.fi
Freelance journalist and critic Heikki Jokinen has been appointed as the new Chairman of copyright organisation Kopiosto's Board of Directors. The new Chairman was appointed at Kopiosto's autumn meeting on 30 November 2016. The term of office will begin at the start of 2017.
Jokinen, a long-standing member of Kopiosto's Board of Directors, has both national and international experience in the field of copyright. In addition to this, he has extensive experience in NGO work in Kopiosto's field of operation: Jokinen is the Vice-Chairman of the Union of Journalists in Finland (UJF), and has previously served as the Chairman of the Finnish Critics' Association, the Finnish Animation Association, the Finnish Freelance Journalists' Association, the Finnish Comics Society and the Finnish Reading Centre.
Jokinen's texts have been published in approximately 125 different publications. He has written and served as the editor of approximately 20 works, and translated four books. Jokinen has also worked as the editor of AV communications industry magazine Visio, and is currently the subeditor of Gramexpress magazine.
"Kopiosto is an extensive umbrella organisation, as a result of which it is particularly important for its work to be open, transparent, and strive for mutual understanding. These tenets are already being followed at Kopiosto, and they will also serve as my personal goals for my chairmanship," says Jokinen.
Kopiosto's previous chairman Raimo Söder served for six years. "It has been a pleasure to work with the Kopiosto office, as well as with the Board of Directors and the other bodies elected by it," said Söder at Kopiosto's autumn meeting.
Kopiosto will host the annual conference for representatives of Nordic printing industry reproduction rights organisations, Stormöte, from 26 to 28 August 2015. This year the conference will be held in Helsinki, with an opening speech by Finland's Minister of Education and Culture Sanni Grahn-Laasonen.
The conference will include discussions on the industry's topical matters, such as the directive on collective management, the contractual licence and data mining, which is also highlighted in the European Digital Single Market strategy. In addition to this, the conference will include presentations on recent developments in the publication of educational material. The speakers are top experts in the field from the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO), the European Commission, the Copyright Clearance Center and Finland's Ministry of Education and Culture, among others. The conference will be attended by nearly a hundred delegates from all the Nordic countries.
conducted in Finland in 2013
In addition, Kopiosto has bilateral agreements with reproduction rights organizations in several countries worldwide.
Factual information on copyright matters by IFRRO
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