Some Personal Observations Regarding the CopySouth Workshop:
Trivandrum, Kerala, December 2008
An Important Note for the Reader:
Please note: This is not an objective
report of the presentations
within the workshop. It is a highly subjective collection of notes
and thoughts based on the issues raised by various speakers. My
personal notes have been edited and restructured (even extended with my
viewpoints) afterwards. This text is therefore purely a reflection of
my own interests and obsessions as manifest through, and by, the
copysouth workshop. However, hopefully, it may also be of interest and
use to others.
I am sure that more conventional reports of the workshop will clarify
my original sources -and my distortions (and possible abuses) of their
comments. The "language" used is also filtered by my own obsessions. In this
context, this text could be seen as a practical example of some of the
problems of (mis)appropriation and (un)fair exploitation which underlie
the subject of the workshop.
My sincere thanks to everybody involved.
Trevor Batten (observer),
Manila January 2009