Francis Gurry, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization, gave a speech on the future of copyright at the the Queensland University of Technology in Australia on Feb. 25, 2011. From the press release:
... Mr. Gurry said there is no "single magical answer" to the development of a successful policy response to the challenges facing copyright in the digital age, but a combination of "law, infrastructure, cultural change, institutional collaboration and better business models."
Mr. Gurry said the central question facing the evolution of copyright policy is how to maintain a balance between availability of cultural works at affordable prices while assuring a dignified economic existence for creators and performers. Digital technology is having a radical impact on those balances. "Rather than resist it, we need to accept the inevitability of technological change and to seek an intelligent engagement with it," he said...
The text of Gurry's speech is available online.