Michael Geist: Taking user rights seriously — two weeks that changed copyright

At the Global Congress in Cape Town, Michael Geist reflects on the two weeks that changed copyright in Canada in 2012. Canada went from a maximalist copyright trajectory in 2005 to the global champion of user rights in 2012. Canada’s new legislation includes the most favourable provisions for users across a huge range of issues;[…]

Ruth Okediji: IP rights and the African innovation paradox (Global Congress 2013, Cape Town)

Ruth Okediji makes an argument that we need to resist and avoid consenting and legitimising a system of command and control in IP. Okediji’s starting point is that the essence of the fourth wave of IP geopolitical change is not about harmonisation: it’s about fundamentally de-anchoring IP from the public interest. It’s about a unilateral[…]

Ahmed Abdel-Latif: Change – Global Congress liveblog

Ahmed Abdel-Latif talks about change in IP. We’re interested in IP because we’re interested in change, but we need to think much more strategically about how change comes about. Abdel-Latif argues that change happens when three factors come together: 1 A compelling narrative; 2 The right moment; and 3 Strong networks. Success stories, where we[…]

Dr Kelly Purser on Legal capacity: the legal and medical interface

Today at QUT Law research seminars, Dr Kelly Purser talks about legal capacity, focusing on the big problems: wills, advance health directives, and powers of attorney. Australia is an aging population, which means there will be lots of people without capacity. Incidences of dementia are likely to increase 6-fold by 2050. It’s already the single[…]

Peaceful revolutions: crowdfunding the commons (podcast)

Today I presented an outline of my research at QUT Law School‘s lunchtime research seminars. This project examines new models for producing knowledge and cultural goods – books, films, and music – through collective action. For a long time, copyright scholars have assumed that apart from some limited public subsidies, a private property right in[…]

CCI Seminar: Ruth Towse, Cultural economics and the digital creative economy

At CCI today, Ruth Towse gave a presentation on copyright and cultural economics (audio should be available soon). Towse’s core argument today was that cultural economics has a lot to add to our understanding of copyright, and that copyright should be more central to cultural policy. First, Towse notes that cultural economics needs more theory[…]

The ‘miracle of Marrakesh’: negotiating the VIP Treaty for books for the blind

Today the PIJIP held a panel on the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled. The people involved in the negotiations explain that from the start of the diplomatic conference, it appeared that the treaty would not be successful. So how did the[…]

Carmel O’Sullivan: Killing on Command: The Defence of Superior Orders in Modern Warfare

Today at QUT Law School’s lunchtime research seminars, Dr Carmel O’Sullivan presents her PhD research, which examines the extent to which a soldier is liable when following orders. O’Sullivan notes that there are three main answers to this old question: Respondeat superior: a soldier is never liable for illegal acts; the commander is solely responsible.[…]

Rowena Maguire on the responsibilities of emerging economies to reduce emmisions

In today’s QUT Law research seminars, Dr Rowena Maguire examines the shifting global politics around climate change and the emerging power of the BASIC nations. In order to tackle climate change and limit warming to 2 degrees, a global coordinated approach is required. The basic question in international discussions is whether emerging economies should bear[…]

QUT research seminar: Andrew Garwood-Gowers on The Responsibility to Protect and the Arab Spring

The responsibility to protect is a concept that spans international law and international relations. In basic terms, it’s a political concept that has developed over the last decade or so that seeks to respond to mass crimes. Previously, the concept of sovereignty had shielded governments from outside intervention. As a response to genocide in Rwanda[…]