This 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!
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.
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.
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.
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…