The IHME Days culminate in a discussion (in Finnish) in the form of a trial, the judge, as in previous years, being the philosopher Tuomas Nevanlinna. Speaking for the prosecution will be visual artist Jani Leinonen, his expert witness legal advisor to the Finnish National Gallery Tuula Hämäläinen. Acting for the defence is artist-director Marita Liulia, whose expert witness is professor Jukka Mähönen.
The aim of The Trial is to establish whether copyright serves any useful purposes and, if so, what they are, and what structures and laws would safeguard them? Is there a solution that would give artists their due, while not restricting the freedom of the recipient and the re-maker? Whose economic interests do copyright regulations ultimately protect?
The Trial, part of the IHME Days at the Old Student House, Helsinki, Friday, April 1, 17:00-19:30. Free entrance.
Photos: Veikko Somerpuro