Since the early ’90s, the European Union has been acting as a global actor in the process of international harmonization of the laws protecting Intellectual Property Rights. Besides working towards the harmonization of the Intellectual Property laws of the Member States, the EU has also acted at international level to promote approximations of laws as an instrument of free trade and transfer of knowledge. Copyright is an important asset in this scheme, as the European Cultural production factors for a sizeable share of the global market.
The Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management (CIPPM) of Bournemouth University contributes to the European and international IP policy-making by joining the debate among governments, European institutions and IP scholars. For example, CIPPM has been part of the consortium of the EU funded project SEARCH (Sharing KnowledgE Assets: InteRregionally Cohesive NeigHborhoods) where it has carried out research to identify and explore barriers to innovation in the integration process between the European Union and its neighbouring countries. At policy level, CIPPM advocates for an EU copyright system which takes into account the legitimate interests of users of copyright works. In 2008, CIPPM has played a major role in the debate surrounding the Directive on the extension of copyright terms for sound recordings, by promoting a Joint Academic Statement signed by more than 50 EU academics. More recently, CIPPM has submitted a contribution to the open consultation of the European Union on the reform of Copyright Law, and has organized an international symposium on Geographical Indications (the first of this kind in the UK). Finally, the Centre is often involved in government-funded comparative research to study and assess the international landscape related to IPRs, mostly with a European interest. In this connection, the Centre has recently started a major research project on regulation of Internet Service Providers in China.
European and Global Intellectual Property Policy is an important subject-matter for our research Centre, which has developed and will develop even more projects, fellowship schemes, networks, and various academic activities in crucial areas of international innovation and dissemination of culture.
- M. Borghi and S. Karapapa – Contractual restrictions on lawful use of information: sole-source databases protected by the back door?
- M. Favale, M. Kretschmer, D. Mendis, F. Homberg and D. Secchi – A Comparative Review of the Treatment of Orphan Works
- F. Homberg, M. Favale, M. Kretschmer, D. Mendis and D. Secchi – Orphan Works
- M. Borghi and M. Favale – Harmonization of Intellectual Property Rights within and beyond the European Union
- M. Favale – The Right of Access in Digital Copyright
- M. Kretschmer – Private Copying and Fair Compensation
- M. Favale – Approximation and DRM
- M. Favale – Copyright and Contract Law: Regulating User Contracts
- M. Favale and A. Plomer – Fundamental Disjunctions in the EU Legal Order on Human Tissue
- Joint Academic Statement on the Proposed Copyright Term Extension For Sound Recordings