Copyright History at the Sorbonne Nouvelle


“Copyright and the Circulation of Knowledge: Industry Practices and
Public Interests in Great Britain from the 18th Century to the

Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, 6-7 October 2016

New combinations of technology, culture, and business practice are
transforming relationships among authors, publishers, and audiences in
many fields of knowledge, including journalism, science research, and
academia. Self-publishing, open-access, open source, creative commons,
crowd sourcing and copy left: these are a few of the words associated
with recent changes in how knowledge is produced and circulated. While
being celebrated for their potential to democratize knowledge, many of
these changes have been accompanied by heated debates on such
questions as the appropriate role of experts and ‘gatekeepers’; how to
ensure that such projects are both trustworthy and economically
viable; and how best to balance the interests of authors, publishers,
and the general public. Copyright is often at the centre of these

Though the technologies involved have changed dramatically since the
eighteenth century, similar questions were debated in the decades
following the first British copyright statute (1710). Indeed, today’s
discussions of piracy and copyright sometimes echo the
eighteenth-century ‘battle of the booksellers’ that pitted advocates
of a limited-term copyright (and the creation of a public domain)
against proponents of authors’ natural rights over their works. Then
as now, many felt that the law was not always in step with cultural
norms or trade practices. While some denounced all unauthorized
republications as piracies, others experimented with new ways of
disseminating knowledge through translations, abridgements,
compilations (including the first magazines), and cheap reprints.
During the nineteenth century, technological and cultural changes and
the increasingly international market for books led to more debates
over the legitimacy and public utility of various forms of reprinting,
as well as new strategies for combatting piracy.

This conference seeks to bring together specialists of Great Britain
from the eighteenth century to the present to explore the complex
relationship between copyright and the circulation of knowledge. We
welcome case studies that focus on a particular time period as well as
papers that show how attitudes and practices have changed over time.
Papers that bring past and present concerns into dialogue are
especially welcome. Potential topics may include:

–the economics of publishing in a given period or sector, and its
effects on the circulation of knowledge;
–the political, cultural, or philosophical underpinnings of public
access to knowledge;
–the strategies developed by authors or publishers to protect their
intellectual property;
–the perceived boundaries between legitimate and piratical
–the consequences of specific laws or institutional arrangements for
the circulation of knowledge in different domains;
–the use of historical examples in arguments about copyright and the
public domain;
–the different forms of publication developed to republish or
recirculate existing works, whether authorized or not.

Interested scholars should send an abstract of their proposed paper
(200 words) and a short biography-bibliography (100 words) by 15
January 2016. Answers will be given by 15 March 2016.

Proposals should be sent to

Conference web page:

Emmanuelle Avril – professeur des universités – Université Sorbonne
Nouvelle (CREW/CREC EA 4399)
Louisiane Ferlier – digitization project manager – The Royal Society
Bénédicte Miyamoto – mcf – Université Sorbonne Nouvelle (CREW/CREC EA
Sarah Pickard – mcf – Université Sorbonne Nouvelle (CREW/CREC EA 4399)
Will Slauter – mcf – Université Paris Diderot (LARCA UMR 82254)

The Algorithmic State at Haifa

The Algorithmic State: Cyber Challenges to Democracy and Human Rights
Organized by The Cyber Forum is a joint project of the Haifa Center for Law & Technology (HCLT) and the Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions.
December 10-11, 2015
University of Haifa, Faculty of Law
Registration and program:

The purpose is of this conference is to map the growing challenges to civil liberties that emanate from recent developments in cyberspace, and to explore new strategies to address them. The conference will examine the challenges of pursing cyber security while ensuring civil rights. As recent developments reveal, the state may be part of the problem, as traditional checks on its powers are less relevant. Yet it is also part of the solution, since in the absence of state protection and the role of the state as arbiter, commerce, culture, freedom and access to basic social goods might be at greater risk. Focusing on the state as a central player and stakeholder, the conference will explore the emergence of new state agencies, novel forms of collaboration between government and industry, and alternative ways of understanding the operation of fundamental rights in cyberspace.
Keynote Speaker:
Professor Jonathan Zittrain, George Bemis Professor of International Law, Harvard Law School | Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Professor of Computer Science, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Co-Founder, Director, and Faculty Chair, Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Confirmed Presenters:
• Prof. Niva Elkin-Koren, Director, Haifa Center for Law & Technology, University of Haifa
• Prof. Amnon Reichman, Minerva Center for the Rule of Law Under Extreme Conditions, Faculty of Law, University of Haifa
• Mr. Amit Ashkenazi, Legal Adviser, The Israel National Cyber Bureau
• Prof. Bracha Shapira, Dean Dept. of Information Systems Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
• Prof. Chris Parsons, SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Citizen Leb, Munk School of Global Affairs | Managing Director, Telecom Transparency Project
• Mr. Henning Hoffman, Lehrstuhl für Öffentliches Recht, Sicherheitsrecht und Internetrecht, Universität Passau
• Dr. Jeanette Hoffman, Director of the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin Social Science Center
• JUDr. Radim Polcak, Ph.D, Institute of Law and Technology, Masaryk University
• Prof. Michael Birnhack, The Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University
• Dr. Kenneth Geers, Ambassador for the NATO Cyber Centre in Estonia, Visiting Professor University of Kyiv
• Prof. Joel Reidenberg, Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Chair and Prof. of law | Director of the Center on Law and Information Policy, Fordham University
• Mr. Ami Braun , Vice President Business Development , CYBERBIT
• Prof. Nico Van Eijk, Director of the Institute for Information Law (IViR) Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam
• Prof. Samuel j. Rascoff , Faculty of Law, New York University | Director, Center on Law and Security
• Mr. Tal Goldstein, Head of Strategic Planning and Systems Analysis,The Israel National Cyber Bureau
• Ms. Esti Peshin, Director, Cyber Programs, Israel Aerospace Industries
• Prof. Dr. Gerald Spindler, Department of Civil Law, Commercial and Economic Law, Comparative Law, Multimedia and Telecommunication Law, Göttingen University
• Prof. Tal Zarsky, Haifa Center for Law & Technology, University of Haifa
• Dr. Eldar Haber, Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University

IP Events at Tel-Aviv University

1. Book Launch Event, for Deirdre Mulligan and Kenneth Bamberger’s book, Privacy on the Ground, Nov. 30, 2015 @ TAU Law

2. Workshop by OUP Handbook on IP @ TAU Law, organized by the S. Horowitz Institute for IP in memory of Dr. Amnon Goldenberg, Dec. 7-8, 2015

ISHTIP 2016: Glasgow

International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property

8th Annual Workshop
CREATe, University of Glasgow, UK
July 6-8, 2016

‘Intellectual Property and Resistance’


In 2016, ISHTIP comes to Scotland, the home of booksellers such as Alexander Donaldson who sought to resist the monopolistic practices of their established London-based rivals, in the so-called Battle of the Booksellers of the eighteenth century. The patriotic Scottish booksellers, newcomers to the trade, sold cheap reprints of books sold by the London booksellers, including those in which statutory copyright, under the Statute of Anne 1710, had expired. The London booksellers responded with a series of lawsuits culminating in Donaldson v. Becket (1774), relying inter alia on copyright at common law, against which the Scots resisted. As Donaldson expressed in petitioning the House of Commons in 1774: ‘your petitioner has had to struggle with the united force of almost all the eminent booksellers of London and Westminster… above one hundred of the most opulent booksellers… have in their turn, been plaintiffs against your petitioner’. The resulting cases and more general debate about the nature of literary property are today remembered as a historic occasion on which the nature of copyright, as well as the more general notion of property in intangibles, was fully debated.

Taking the theme of ‘resistance’ as its starting point, we intend the 8th Annual Workshop to be a further occasion for the full debate of the theory and history of intellectual property! We invite abstracts for papers, exploring the theme of resistance in the broadest sense, in relation to any aspect of the history or theory of intellectual property law, in particular, but not limited to: historical or theoretical research that provides a basis for resisting dominant conceptions of IP law, its theory or history, or resisting claims relating to its timelessness or universality; historical or theoretical papers exploring IP law as empowering resistance to dominant social or cultural norms or relations of social power; historical or theoretical research into local diversity in IP laws (legislative, judicial and/or bureaucratic approaches) resisting moves towards international, imperial or regional harmonisation; historical and theoretical insights into modes of resistance to IP law, its enforcement and/or its exploitation.

We seek a broad representation of international scholars as well as scholars from across the disciplines. Papers may concern trade marks, patents, copyright, or related rights, including confidentiality and trade secrecy, and they may be historical or address current issues from a theoretically-informed perspective. Both established and junior scholars are encouraged to submit abstracts. We are keen to receive abstracts from those who have not recently presented at an ISHTIP workshop, particularly scholars who did not present at ISHTIP 2015.

To be considered for the workshop, please submit a 300-word abstract of your proposed paper as well as a one-paragraph bio and 2-page CV by 15 January 2016 to . Acceptance will be notified by 15 March 2016.

Complete papers (of max. 9000 words) will be due on 1 June 2016 so that they may be distributed in advance to registered workshop participants. Papers must be unpublished and not accepted/under consideration for publication elsewhere. It is expected that the best papers will be published in a special issue of an academic peer-reviewed journal or an edited collection.

Authors do not present their papers at ISHTIP workshops. Instead, a discussant presents a brief summary and critique to initiate the general discussion of each paper. All panels are plenary. ISHTIP workshops are thus a great venue for presenting and receiving feedback on work in progress from a global, multidisciplinary community of scholars.

For additional information, including past programs and 2015 program updates, visit the ISHTIP website at Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Elena Cooper of the CREATe team (

Future of the Internet at Oxford

The University of Oxford’s Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP) is hosting a major conference on the future of the internet on November 23rd and 24th in Oxford. Those of you in the UK, or passing through Europe, may be interested in attending. This event is organized in collaboration with Peking University, Tencent, and Stanford University, and will bring together some of the major leaders in the field of internet law and policy to discuss and debate topics such as digital rights, hate speech online, smart cities and Internet governance and development. The conference draws primarily on the strengths of the three universities involved, and their networks, bringing together a unique collection of scholars and students, government officials, corporate executives, and civil society representatives. The goal is to inform research and strengthen the understanding of alternative viewpoints with a focus on the US, Europe and China, as well as global challenges.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to debate and discuss the future of the Internet. The first day of the event (November 23rd) will be hosted at the Magdalen College Auditorium- registration is free but space is limited. For more information and to register please visit: .
Please contact Danit Gal with any questions: .

We Robot 2016

We invite submissions for We Robot 2016 to be held in Coral Gables, Florida on April 1-2, 2016 at the University of Miami School of Law. See the full call for papers and participation at

We Robot–the premier US conference on law and policy relating to Robotics that began at the University of Miami School of Law in 2012, and has since been held at Stanford and University of Washington–returns to Miami Law April 1st-2nd in 2016. Attendees include lawyers, engineers, philosophers, robot builders, ethicists, and regulators who are on the front lines of robot theory, design, or development. The main conference will be preceded by a day of special workshops on March 31. Details at the conference web site,

We Robot 2016 seeks contributions by academics, practitioners, and others in the form of scholarly papers or demonstrations of technology or other projects. We Robot fosters conversations between the people designing, building, deploying and using robots, and the people who design or influence the legal and social structures in which robots will operate. We particularly encourage contributions resulting from interdisciplinary collaborations, such as those between legal, ethical, economics, or policy scholars and roboticists.

This conference will build on the growing body of scholarship that explores the increasing sophistication and decision-making capabilities of robots, in collaboration with humans and autonomously, and the increasingly widespread deployment of robots everywhere from the home, to hospitals, to public spaces, to the battlefield. All of this disrupts existing legal regimes or requires rethinking of various policy issues. This year the program committee is especially interested in papers that discuss issues relating to the deployment of robots in positions that put them in direct contact with people, but as always we remain open to cutting-edge works on any topics fitting within our larger mission. Surprise us. Educate us. We’re listening.

Empirical Patent Law Conference at Illinois

Empirical Patent Law Conference
Organized by Melissa Wasserman (Illinois) and Michael Frakes (Northwestern)
Friday, October 09, 2015
University of Illinois College of Law, Faculty Lounge
8:30 AM–4:45 PM
The Empirical Patent Law Conference, organized by Professors Melissa Wasserman (University of Illinois College of Law) and Michael Frakes (Northwestern University School of Law), will bring together a diverse mix of scholars in patent law, economics, and policy. Each scholar will employ advanced empirical techniques to confront a research question of particular relevance to patent policy.


Colleen Chien (Santa Clara Law)
Michael Frakes (Northwestern University School of Law)
Corinne Langinier (University of Alberta Faculty of Arts)
Zhen Lei (Pennsylvania State University Energy and Environmental Economics)
Arti Rai (Duke University School of Law)
Bhaven Sampat (Columbia Mailman School of Public Health)
Melissa Wasserman (University of Illinois College of Law)
Brian Wright (University of California, Berkeley, Agricultural & Resource Economics)

Michael Frakes (Northwestern University School of Law)
Paul Heald (University of Illinois College of Law)
Zhen Lei (Pennsylvania State University Energy and Environmental Economics)
Jorge Lemus (University of Illinois, Department of Economics)
Deepak Somaya (University of Illinois, College of Law and College of Business)
Neel Sukhatme (Georgetown Law)

EuroCPR Conference, Brussels

31st European Communications Policy Research (EuroCPR) Conference
14-15th March 2016
Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Place du Congrés 1, Brussels

Dear Cyberprofs,

The call for abstracts is now published at

Deadline for abstract submission is *31 October 2015*.

In line with the EuroCPR philosophy, we welcome papers that reflect on the business/policy and policy/legal dimensions of the topics listed above as well as on their societal and economic implications. We welcome papers that *compare policy trends in Europe and other regions of the world*.
EuroCPR invites abstracts for theoretically and empirically grounded papers that reflect critically the developments that are part of the Digital Agenda and the Internal Digital Market and on factors contributing to progress towards EU public policy goals so far.
Please note that also papers that are relevant to the overall conference theme, but not directly related to the suggested themes and topics, will be considered for participation in the conference. All papers will be assessed by a panel of independent reviewers.


EuroCPR is organised annually with the ambition to contribute constructively and critically to European Information Society Policy developments. The conference addresses the use of ICT throughout society and economy as well as the evolution of the ICT and media sectors. EuroCPR uniquely brings together academia, policy makers, and industry representatives in order to facilitate systematic interaction and critical analysis of both the highest academic excellence and the maximum policy and industrial relevance. The conference takes place most often in a single room, with sessions consisting of two presentations with discussants, and a general debate. The format of the conference is deliberately kept small – with a maximum of 80 participants – favouring quality over quantity and encouraging a high level of interaction.