Information Policy

The First Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest

The Congress works to articulate a positive agenda for IP policy reform and to strengthen international capacities for evidence-based policy making. The First Global Congress brought together 200 academic, industry, NGO, and government officials in August, 2011, at American University in Washington DC.

The Third Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest

The Third Global Congress was held in Cape Town, South Africa, December 9-13, 2013. Over 250 researchers, practitioners, and policymakers discussed new work and policy developments around users' rights and development-centered IP policy. The event was held jointly with the capstone conference for the OpenAIR project, which brings together researcher on innovation policy in Africa.

The Future of the First Sale Doctrine

A May 23 workshop on the future of the first sale doctrine in copyright law--the principle that underpins lending and rental models for copyrighted media such as books and DVDs. The workshop brought together 35 publishers, librarians, and researchers to discuss the current landscape and legal challenges to expanding access to digital books.

Copy Culture in the US and Germany

2013. Joe Karaganis (ed.), Lennart Renkema (ed.)

A comparative study of media consumption, media acquisition, and attitudes toward copyright enforcement, based on a survey of 2300 Americans and 1000 Germans in August-September 2011.

The Washington Declaration on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest

2011. Statement of the Congress

The Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest, August 25-27, 2011, convened over 180 experts from 32 countries and six continents to help re-articulate the public interest dimension in intellectual property law and policy.  The Washington Declaration is the result of that conversation.

Media Piracy in Emerging Economies

Media Piracy in Emerging Economies is the first independent, large-scale study of music, film and software piracy in emerging economies, with a focus on Brazil, India, Russia, South Africa, Mexico and Bolivia.

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