Author Archives: Peter Bennett

Anthropology, Intellectual Property and Criminalisation: CREATe welcomes Dr Rosana Pinheiro-Machado

On 28 April 2016, CREATe was delighted to welcome Dr Rosana Pinheiro-Machado, an anthropologist from the University of Oxford, to deliver the first talk in the CREATe Studio Spring/Summer Lecture Series: ‘How Trinkets Became Piracy: Intellectual Property Discourse and its Impacts on Informal Economy in Brazil’. Drawing on over 15 years of anthropological fieldwork, Dr Pinheiro-Machado presented her ethnographic findings about the impact of the criminalisation of copyright infringement on ordinary street-traders in the city of Porto Alegre, Brazil and the Paraguayan border. In addition to uncovering the complex authenticity classifications articulated by the street-traders and their difference to intellectual property norms, Dr Pinheiro-Machado addressed a number of broader questions. How do nation states, such as Brazil, apply the international … Continue reading

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Published today: consequences of defining the public domain in economic terms

CREATe researcher Kris Erickson has today published an article in the open access Nordic Journal of Applied Ethics. The article reviews literature from law and economics which defines the public domain in economic terms. This approach to the public domain has become common post-Gowers with the political turn toward evidence-based IP policymaking. Public interest justifications for a vibrant public domain have been shifted to the background while a focus on economic efficiency, innovation and growth have achieved prominence. Advocating for wider consideration of the public interest in defining the public domain, Erickson finds a range of justifications which may evade current economic approaches: ‘There are a range of public interest reasons for safeguarding and expanding a copyright public domain. It … Continue reading

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