Copyright, piracy and cultural imperialism. Next talk from the Social Science Centre on Nov 12th

Just a reminder that our next public seminar is on Tuesday November 12th, 6.30-8.30pm upstairs at the Drill Hall, Lincoln (map).

This is part of our free, monthly public seminar series. Everyone is welcome. Come along to find out more about the Social Science Centre.

You can listen to the recording of this talk. The recording is 1 hour 40 mins. Alan spoke for about 45 mins and the remainder is discussion. Alternatively, you can download the MP3 to listen offline.

‘Intellectual property law starts from the premise that ideas are free as the air   a common resource for all to use as they can and wish. It then proceeds systematically to undermine that principle.’ Professor David Vaver

Using a series of contemporary conflicts over copyright across the global South (Asia, Africa and Latin America), this talk will examine whether the global copyright system operates in the interests of the peoples who live here and who make up 3/4 of the world’s population. Among the questions it will address: is the trade in copyrighted products free and fair trade? why all the fuss about so-called copyright ‘piracy’? is copyright essential for creativity?, and is copyright linked to cultural imperialism?

Alan Story has just retired as a Reader in Intellectual Property Law at Kent Law School, Canterbury. A Canadian and former investigative journalist, Alan has taught intellectual property law in the UK since 1995. His research focuses on copyright issues in the global South where he has given a number of talks over the past decade. He now resides in Nottingham where he is the joint secretary of LU Nottingham.