Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

The Many Faces of the Public Domain

Edited by Charlotte Waelde and Hector MacQueen

As technological progress marches on, so anxiety over the shape of the public domain is likely to continue if not increase. This collection helps to define the boundaries within which the debate over the shape of law and policy should take place.

Introduction: The Many Faces of the Public Domain

Edited by Charlotte Waelde and Hector MacQueen

Subjects: law - academic, intellectual property law

Extract

Hector MacQueen and Charlotte Waelde This volume is part of the output from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Research Centre for Studies in Intellectual Property and Technology Law at Edinburgh University Law School, under one of its three anchor research themes: ‘Intellectual Property, Cultural Heritage and the Public Domain’. Among the aims of the projects being carried out under this theme are the examination of the history, role and function of the public domain in relation to all areas of intellectual property, together with consideration of the extent to which the public domain may be diminishing with the expansion of intellectual property right claims, andthe effect this may have on cultural and scientific production. In particular, there is to be exploration of the implications of digitisation of public domain material for use on the Internet, with particular reference to issues about access, reproduction, commercial exploitation and privacy. From the beginning of the Centre in 2002 an inter-disciplinary approach to this investigation was thought to be essential. A working group with participants drawn from many different backgrounds met in March 2003 to identify areas crossing over between concepts of public domain and scientific and cultural heritage. The choice of topics for discussion in this book owes much to the deliberations of the working group, and indeed many of the contributors were among the participants on that occasion. One other follow-up to the 2003 meeting was a further meeting, held in September 2004, with another multidisciplinary group to discuss ‘An...