From Barbie to Renoir: Intellectual Property and Culture

March 8, 2009 – 10:04 am

This talk looks to be interesting:

Since intellectual property law’s beginning competing interests have stretched the law. Barbie now has more protection against rip-offs than Renoir could have imagined. A mishmash of justifications, including encouraging creativity and developing culture, has shaped the law. Does protection unduly restrict other cultural values? Susy Frankel will discuss the use and misuse of justifications in the law’s development.

Susy is current chair of the Copyright Tribunal and professor of law at Victoria University of Wellington. Wellington’s going to be quite the place to be on Tuesday, with Shelley Bernstein’s lecture just before Susy’s. Perhaps someone’s heard my wish for intelligent NZ public lectures on copyright.

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