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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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Invitation to Discuss Copyright Reform: The Implications One Year On

Join us in Bournemouth on 12th November 2015 to consider the implications of changes to UK copyright made one year ago in the wake of the Hargreaves Review. This ESRC Festival of Social Science event is organised by Professor Maurizio Borghi and Dr. Dinusha Mendis at the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management (CIPPM), Bournemouth University and co-sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council, CREATe University of Glasgow and CCLFR University of Reading. It is free to attend, however attendees are encouraged to register online as places are limited. The event is sure to be of interest to many of us in CREATe, owing to our continued interest in gathering empirical evidence about the role of copyright policy … Continue reading

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Ian Hargreaves and Julia Reda on Copyright Reform: Can Incremental Progress Achieve Results?

One the of the highlights of the recent EPIP 2015 conference in Glasgow was an opening keynote discussion by Professor Ian Hargreaves (Cardiff University) and MEP Julia Reda (Greens/EFA Group/Pirate Party), on the subject of copyright reform. For the 200 delegates in attendance, it was an opportunity to have a view ‘behind the curtain’ of two major efforts to re-assess copyright in the previous half decade. One of these was the Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property, which led to publication of the ‘Digital Opportunity’ report in May 2011. The second was Julia Reda’s work as rapporteur of the European Parliament’s review of the 2001 EU Copyright Directive, which recently led to a draft report adopted by the European Parliament Plenary … Continue reading

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