Moving Towards a New Copyright Bargain

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Rebecca Giblin

Lecture by Rebecca Giblin of the Author's Interest Project

September 3, 2019 | 6:00pm | Room NT-01
Reception to Follow
Live Webcast


Copyright laws are beset from every angle. They're criticized for failing to recognize and reward creators, for blocking new forms of creativity, for limiting access to knowledge and for causing culture to be lost. Copyright's fundamental structures were settled before the digital era, but are cemented in by outdated and effectively unamendable treaties. In this public lecture, Associate Professor and ARC Future Fellow Rebecca Giblin will illuminate a path forward to a new copyright bargain: one that, by taking authors' interests seriously, would simultaneously reclaim lost culture, promote access to knowledge and help authors get paid -  all within those unamendable treaty frameworks.  

The themes of Professor Giblin’s talk are canvased in:


  • 6:00 Welcome and Introduction, Mike Carroll
  • 6:15 Keynote, Rebecca Giblin
  • 6:55 Comments, Peter Jaszi
  • 7:05 Q&A, Mike Carroll, Moderator
  • 7:30 Reception

Rebecca Giblin

Rebecca Giblin is an ARC Future Fellow and Associate Professor within Monash University's Law Faculty. Her work uses a range of methods (including quantitative, qualitative, doctrinal and comparative) to build evidence about how intellectual property arrangements and other regulations are working in practice, and then proposes changes that would help them better achieve their aims. Giblin's main research areas are copyright, technology regulation, and the regulation of culture (particularly how the law impacts the creation and dissemination of creative works).

Her books include Code Wars (Edward Elgar, 2011) and What if we could reimagine copyright? (with Professor Kimberlee Weatherall). The latter is open access and available for free download (as is most of her other research). Her major study 'Evaluating Graduated Response' and the 'Reimagine' collaboration were supported by a $70,700 Monash Research Accelerator grant.

Giblin was appointed Kernochan Visiting International Intellectual Property Scholar at Columbia Law School (New York) in 2011. She held visiting scholar and visiting professors positions at UC Berkeley in 2013, Strasbourg in 2015, Columbia (again) in 2017 and Sciences Po (Paris) in 2018. She is a Fellow of CREATe, the RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy, and a member of the Affiliated Faculty of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.