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.
From historical analysis to discussion of contemporary developments, the importance of the public domain in its cultural and scientific contexts is explored by lawyers, scientists, economists, librarians, journalists and entrepreneurs. The contributions will both deepen and enliven the reader's understanding of the public domain in its many guises, and will also serve to highlight the public domain's key role in innovation.
This book will appeal not only to students and researchers coming from a variety of fields, but also to policymakers in the IP field and those more generally interested in the public domain, as well as those more directly involved in the current movements towards open access, open science and open source.
Edited by Charlotte Waelde, Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University and Hector MacQueen, University of Edinburgh, UK
Contents: Introduction: The Many Faces of the Public Domain Hector MacQueen and Charlotte Waelde 1. In Search of the Public Domain during the Prehistory of Copyright Law F. Willem Grosheide 2. Copyright's Public Domain Ronan Deazley 3. The Public Domain: Right or Liberty? John Cahir 4. The Public Domain and International Intellectual Property Law Treaties Antony Taubman 5. The Public Interest in the Public Domain Gillian Davies 6. Altering the Contours of the Public Domain Fiona Macmillan 7. Creativity, Innovation and Intellectual Property: A New Approach for the 21st Century John Howkins 8. The Public Domain and the Librarian Toby Bainton 9. The Public Domain and the Creative Author Bill Thompson 10. The Public Domain and the Economist Manfredi M.A. La Manna 11. The Public Domain and Public Sector Information Richard Susskind OBE 12. Audiences in Tradition: Traditional Knowledge and the Public Domain Johanna Gibson 13. Scientific Research Agendas: Controlled and Shaped by the Scope of Patentability Helen Wallace and Sue Mayer 14. The Public Domain: Ideology vs. Interest Ann Bruce 15. A Rights-Free World - Is it Workable, and What is the Point? Graham Dutfield 16. The Priorities, the Values, the Public Charlotte Waelde Index