“Elena Ferrante’s Right to a Pseudonym” – just published in The Atlantic

lead_960This essay looks at the “outing” of well-known Italian writer, Elena Ferrante, who famously writes under a pseudonym, and considers the implications for authors’ rights and freedom of speech. Enjoy!

The Cambridge Handbook of IP Law & Policy in Central & Eastern Europe: Call for Contributors

This forthcoming book is to be published by Cambridge University Press in late 2016. To date, the team of contributors includes an outstanding group of policymakers, scholars, and expert practitioners from the region and throughout the world, discussing the cutting edge of IP from the perspectives of these lesser-known jurisdictions. If you are interested in joining the project team as a contributor, please contact me! This invitation extends to experts at all levels, from starting academics to seasoned practitioners – the only condition is a commitment to original and first-rate research.

Moral Rights in Action: The New “Standard Edition” of Bharati’s Poems

Writing for the Times of India, Arjun Narayanan notes the issue of preserving the authenticity of Indian National Poet Bharati’s works, and how the concept of “moral rights” of attribution and integrity informed the Standard Edition recently published by Bharati’s granddaughter, the noted Bharati scholar Dr. S. Vijaya Bharati. Arjun’s article can be viewed here, and his blog is available here. Information on the Standard Edition is available on Dr. Bharati’s blog.

Glenn Gould Anniversary: Celebrating with the IPKat

Please see my recent blog on Glenn Gould’s recordings and the theme of moral rights in sound recordings, available here. The blog was inspired by the “Glenn Gould Remastered” project at Sony Music Classical.

“Recognizing Reputation”: EPIP 2015

Should copyright law as a whole take explicit aim at the issue of recognizing authors’ and artists’ reputations? A presentation on this theme was enthusiastically received by an attentive audience at the European Policy for Intellectual Property 2015 conference, hosted by the CREATe centre. Interested responses came from audience members representing constituencies as diverse as Spotify (Will Page, chief economist) and German politician, activist, and current Member of the European Parliament, Julia Reda.

IP Scholars Conference: Moral Rights, Orphan Works, the Destruction of Artworks, and more…

This year, my presentation at the IP Scholars Conference at DePaul University in Chicago urged the U.S. IP community to revisit the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 in the light of recent controversies involving the destruction of public artworks. The abstract is available here. Last year’s research paper, on “Moral Rights and Orphan Works: A View from the UK” is pending publication, with the 1-year anniversary of the adoption of the UK orphan works regulations in sight. The abstract is available here, and a draft paper, which will shortly be posted on SSRN, is also available upon request. Thanks are due to Fred Saunderson, IP specialist at the National Library of Scotland, for sharing his insights on the orphan works issue! Looking forward to more discussions…

Traditional Knowledge & “Cultural Genocide”: Report of the Canadian Truth & Reconciliation Commission

Please see my commentary on this historic event and its relevance for IP law, available here.

New Ph.D. Studentship in Cultural Heritage Law at the University of Glasgow & CREATe – in partnership with the National Library of Scotland

₤ 51,966 (including bursary and fee remission; ₤6000 travel allowance)

This position is funded until September 2017.

Start Date: September  2014

CREATe (www.create.ac.uk), a multidisciplinary centre for copyright research, in partnership with the National Library of Scotland, is in search of a PhD candidate to study the challenges facing museums, libraries, and other public sector cultural institutions in the digital environment. Areas of interest include: sustainable approaches to the digitization of collections, new business models for the dissemination of culture, the social role and continued relevance of cultural institutions, the protection and promotion of the public interest, the preservation and dissemination of cultural heritage, and the exploration of user perspectives, including public expectations of cultural institutions. Candidates from a variety of backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including law, the social sciences and humanities, anthropology and archeology, media studies, library science, music, and the fine arts. Candidates should be able to demonstrate a strong potential for academic excellence.

Candidates should submit a synopsis of their proposed research project (max. 2 pages) and a detailed CV to Mira.SundaraRajan@Glasgow.ac.uk. References may be requested at a later date. Short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.

Closing date: May 1, 2014

Keynote Talk: IP Conference @ Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, IIT, India

Highlights of a wonderful Indian IP conference included the chance to meet Mr. G.R. Raghavender, then India’s copyright registrar and a tremendous positive force moving forward WIPO’s Marrakesh Treaty on copyright accommodations for the visually impaired. I spoke on the importance of using modern IP regulation to value the indigenous knowledge of developing countries. Conference program available here; my presentation can be made available upon request.