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Legal History & Cultural Memory

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Legal History and Cultural Memory is about the in-depth investigation of the past, for its own sake, on its own terms and in its own right.

Yet, having done so, we should contemplate going further: we should also reflect on how past experience can provide a critical lens on the choices we make today.

This theme spans a number of diverse areas: the history of copyright, trade marks, performers’ rights, competition law, legal historical methods and sources, as well as the history of cultural objects, cultural heritage law, legal issues impacting on the galleries, libraries, archives and museums (‘GLAM’) sectors, and the current set of laws, policies and norms shaping the preservation, access to and use of our cultural memories.

PROJECTS

Project: Legal History & Cultural MemoryProject: Public DomainDigitization and intellectual property rights in EU place-making
22 April 2021

Digitization and intellectual property rights in EU place-making

This project explores digitization strategies, and the circulation of digitized creativity, by public and non-public bodies to promote innovation and…
Project: Competition & MarketsProject: Legal History & Cultural MemoryThe gatekeeping of art
22 April 2021

The gatekeeping of art

This study proposes a historical perspective on gatekeeper power to restrict competition, with consequences for innovation, consumer welfare and the…
Logos - Leverhulme and University of GlasgowProject: Legal History & Cultural MemoryProject: Public DomainIntellectual Property and Criminalisation: An Historical Perspective
23 February 2021

Intellectual Property and Criminalisation: An Historical Perspective

Intellectual property (‘IP’) is thought to be the domain of civil rather than criminal law. Recent years, however, have seen…