The CopySouth Research Group (CSRG) was established in 2004, as a loosely-affiliated group of researchers based in a number of countries across the South and the North who were interested in conducting research to expose the inner workings of the international copyright system and its largely negative effects on the global South.
They met for the first time during a workshop at the University of Kent in Canterbury, United Kingdom in August 2005, when they set the foundations for their work as a research group. Their second workshop was held in December 2008 at the Technopark Campus in Trivandrum, Kerala, India, where a group of 35 members discussed the research agenda for the following years. In June 2010, at the Meeting Hall of the Museum of Earth Sciences, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, CopySouth organised its first public conference, debating research results presented by some of its members and by invited Brazilian and international guests.
In May 2006 the Group published its first publication, the CopySouth Dossier, a collaborative document written by a group of 23 people. Since then this 210-page book is available at the CopySouth website both as a print product and a free download. A Spanish version of the Dossier came out in June 2008 and is also available at the website.
Today CopySouth is a transnational and interdisciplinary group of activists and academics from around the world. Their common engagement is the impact of the international copyright system on human culture and society in a global scale.
The CopySouth Dossier
Argentinean professor charged criminally for promoting access to knowledge
Profesor argentino acusado criminalmente por promover acceso al conocimiento
3rd CopySouth Conference: The Rio Papers
Publications by CopySouth Members
An alternative primer on national and international copyright law in the global South: eighteen questions and answers
Burn Berne: Why The Leading International Copyright Convention Must Be Repealed
Copyright and Copyduties - Importance of the Public Domain for Developing Countries
Shishir Kumar Jha
Derecho de ¿autor? El debate de hoy
Lillian Álvarez Navarrete
Imagine there is no copyright and no cultural conglomerates too... Better for artists, diversity and the economy
Joost Smiers and Marieke van Schijndel
Undermining abundance: counter-productive uses of technology and law in nature, agriculture, and the information sector
What if… WIPO never existed?
Why Impose Copyright on Non-Western Countries?