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Critical copyright scholarship rightly emphasises the social costs of ordering cultural production through proprietary intellectual property law regimes. This scholarship also celebrates the virtues of free content and free access, particularly in digital domains.

The purpose of this talk by Guy Pessach is to question this critique, which tends to pair proprietary intellectual property protection with informational capitalism and the commodification of culture. Guy will argue that the drawbacks of cultural commodification and informational capitalism are also apparent in market-oriented media environments that are based on free distribution of content. He will untie the seemingly Gordian knot binding proprietary IP to capitalist structures of corporate media.

Guy will argue that media environments based on free distribution of content are no less vulnerable to market powers. This analysis has significant normative implications for the desirability of contemporary approaches that advocate mobilisation towards non-proprietary 'beyond IP' legal regimes.

If you are interested in attending this presentation, please email Chris Ellins on [email protected]

About the Speaker

Guy is an Associate Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Affiliate Fellow at Information Society Project, Yale Law School who has written widely on the topic of intellectual property rights. Guy was previously an Erasmus Scholar at Westminster Law School.