Intellectual Property Law Research Projects

Dr Mira T. Sundara Rajan’s new book, “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.

Digitization of Museum Collections

While at Magdalen College, Oxford as a Visiting Fellow in the Spring of 2009 (Trinity Term), Mira Sundara Rajan gave a talk on “Moral Rights and Cultural Heritage” in the Work in Progress Seminar Series at the Pitt Rivers Museum of the University of Oxford. Mira’s forthcoming book, on Moral Rights and New Technology (Oxford University Press 2010), will include a chapter on moral rights and the digitization of museum collections, inspired by the work of the Pitt Rivers team on Tibet, Sudan, and the Aboriginal cultures of the Pacific Northwest.

Photo: Mira Sundara Rajan with Dr Christopher Morton, Head of Photograph and Manuscript Collections at the PRM, and Dr Clare Harris, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology and PRM, Fellow of Magdalen College.

Intellectual Property

Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States

This 5000-page Series is a comprehensive resource on intellectual property rights in Central and Eastern European countries. Updated quarterly, it includes information and critical commentary on the laws of the region by leading observers from academia, legal practice, and government. Since 2008, the Series is edited by Mira Sundara Rajan. The project is actively seeking research assistants with outstanding research skills and knowledge of European languages, including German, Russian, and/or other languages spoken in the region.

Please contact sundararajan@law.ubc.ca.

Adequate Patent Infringement Damages in Japanese Courts: Comparative Analysis
Toshiko Takenaka, Ph.D.
Professor of Law; Director, CASRIP
University of Washington School of Law
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Intellectual Property Rights in Hungary and in the EU
Ágnes Kókai-Kuun/ dr. Szabó
On behalf of Dr. Mira Sundara-Rajan
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Prof. Avv. Bruno Tassone
Docente di Diritto Civile (Torts) LUISS Guido Carli
Docente di Diritto d’Autore
Università di Teramo
Studio Legale Cerulli-Irelli
Via Toscana 1, 00187 Roma
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