Robert K. Paterson’s book

Oxford University Press, New York: forthcoming 2010

Protection of First Nations Cultural Heritage: Laws, Policy, and Reform (Law and Society Series)

Indigenous peoples world-wide seek greater control over tangible and intangible cultural heritage. In Canada, issues concerning repatriation and trade of material culture, heritage site protection, treatment of ancestral remains, and control over intangible heritage are governed by a complex and uncertain legal and policy environment.A companion to “First Nations Cultural Heritage and Law”, this collection discusses key features of US and international law influencing Canada. Legal and extralegal avenues for reform are examined, including ethics codes, research protocols, institutional policies, human rights law, and First Nation legal orders. The book examines the opportunities and limits of existing frameworks and questions whether a radical shift in legal and political relations is necessary for First Nations concerns to be meaningfully addressed.

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Moral Rights and New Technology

Oxford University Press, New York: forthcoming 2010

Dr Mira T. Sundara Rajan’s new book, entitled “Moral Rights and New Technology: The Future of Copyright Law,” will be published by Oxford University Press in 2010.

Moral rights are a special dimension of copyright law. They protect the personal rights of authors and artists to maintain the integrity of their contributions to knowledge, whatever their fields of endeavour – literature, sculpture, performance, or computer programming.

The book is a pioneering work: it will be the first study to consider the implications of moral rights for intellectual and artistic creation in a digital environment. Its preoccupations include film, music downloading, computer programs, mobile technology, and open access movements. Reviewers of the project comment that the book will build on Sundara Rajan’s “fascinating” earlier scholarship to provide an “exciting and much needed addition” to the literature on copyright law. It addresses an area of the law that is “increasingly important” but generally “misjudge[d],” and aims to be a “work that is useful and attractive to both academics and practitioners.”

For further information on the project, please contact: sundararajan@law.ubc.ca.