Meet the CC Summit Presenter: Lisa Macklem

Ony Anukem
Photo courtesy of Lisa Macklem.

In 10 days, the second-ever virtual CC Global Summit will be coming to a screen near you September 20-24! We’re back with another ‘Meet the CC Summit Presenter’ Q&A, in this blog post, we catch up with Lisa Macklem. Lisa is a PhD candidate in Law at the University of Western Ontario, whose research focuses on digital content delivery, IP, and the Entertainment Industry. She focuses on issues of access, copyright, and technology. “Fair Dealing, Online Teaching and Technological Neutrality: Lessons From the COVID-19 Crisis,” cowritten with Samuel Trosow, is in the Intellectual Property Journal Vol. 32, Iss. 3 (Sept 2020) and was cited in the recent Supreme Canada of Canada case York University v. Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency (Access Copyright), 2021 SCC 32.

Based in📍: London, ON – Canada

Summit Session: Pump Up the Volume: The Importance of Listening to Stakeholders in Copyright Reform and Regulation

How did you get involved with Creative Commons?

I first became aware of Creative Commons in law school. As a Copyright scholar and a writer, I was fully on board from day 1!

How many times have you been to CC Global Summit?

Twice – including this year! It’s helpful when it’s online.

Why are you an advocate for Open?

With increasing costs and barriers to access, it’s never been more important to ensure that everyone has access to culture and information – and the tools to create and innovate. Open access helps to foster the next generation of creators and students, and ensures that content reaches the widest possible audience. As large copyright and technology owners increasingly lobby for (and too often get!) more stringent restrictions, open access has never been more important.

“The more we can share in a responsible way, the more we can foster a more creative, innovative future!”

What is your proudest achievement?

Being cited by the Supreme Court of Canada in support of fair dealing.

What is the best part of what you do? What is the most difficult part of what you do?

Helping people understand their rights. Convincing people that no one is trying to pick their pocket! 

What is your favorite GIF?

What tool/platform/app are you loving right now?

Zoom – but it’s really a love/hate relationship. It’s easy to use and has done me great service over the last year and a half.

What’s one new trend that you think the CC community should look out for?

The trend of governments to overlook what creators and innovators really need. 

If you could only leave people with one message from your summit presentation, what would it be?

Don’t be taken in by the rhetoric from the loudest voices.

What would you like to say to Creative Commons on our 20th anniversary?

Here’s to the next 20 years!

What does ‘Better Sharing, Brighter Future’ mean to you?

The more we can share in a responsible way, the more we can foster a more creative, innovative future!

Whether you are new to the community or a long-time contributor, the 2021 CC Global Summit on September 20-24 has something for you! Register here >>