The 2013 ‘Global Congress on IP and the Public Interest’ Research Survey


Between July and September, 2013, we surveyed members of the Global Congress community to learn more about their projects and priorities. We invited participation through email lists and solicited anyone who had either been to a Global Congress, been invited to one, or expressed interest in coming.  We received around 90 responses.

Rather than create an agenda document, we’ve decided to let the responses speak mostly for themselves.  We’ve split them into two parts: a searchable, sortable database for Current Projects (below) and a series of posts on Research Priorities (forthcoming on Infojustice) that compile perspectives on research opportunities and its relationship to policymaking in the next several years.

Here are the caveats: The responses are drawn from–but do not exhaustively reproduce–the responses we received.  Responses have been cherry picked, edited, and loosely organized under primary themes.  We favored detailed responses over lists of projects or statements of general interests or concerns.  The list is also quite limited: it attributes projects to the person or persons who reported it–not necessarily to all contributors to a project.   We can, of course, make adjustments where the attribution is clearly inadequate (let us know if that’s the case).  But we are not aiming for a rigorous accounting of the research field, just a useful one given the usual constraints on time and resources.  If this proves popular, we can discuss expanding it as part of future Global Congresses.

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Governance, Participation, Trade Agreements

Public Health, Access to Medicines

Practices and Attitudes, Piracy / Informality, Public Understanding of Copyright

Tech Innovation Systems and Patents, Open Innovation, Tech Patents, Patent SystemUniversity Tech Transfer, Biological Patents

Creative Incentives and Remuneration, Collecting Societies, Licensing, Copyright’s Incentives, Remuneration, Creative IndustriesAlternative Business Models

Copyright Reform, Users’ Rights, Access to Cultural Goods, Educational Materials, Libraries

Enforcement, Privacy and Surveillance

Trademark, Geographical Indicators, Traditional Knowledge

IP/A2K Social Movements and Activism, Capacity Building

Adjacent Issues

Geographical Focus

Global, Latin America, Africa, MENA, Europe, South Asia, USA, Brazil, Australia, Canada, Poland, China, Russia, South Africa, India, Ethiopia


Priorities for Future Research

Intro and International Comparison and Cases
Copyright Reform, Users’ Rights, and Enforcement
Trade, Patents, and Health
Cultural Economies
Methods, Communication, and Social Movements


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Primary Investigator(s) and/or Person Who Reported ItResearch VenueProject TitleTopic(s)Geographical FocusDescription
Nagla RizkAmerican University, EgyptIndependent Musicians in EgyptIncentives and Remuneration for Creative Work
Alternative Business Models
AfricaPart of ‘A2K4D,’ the North Africa Hub of the Open African Innovation Research Project (Open AIR). The research is intended to help develop hybrid business models for production and delivery of creative content, and alternative ways of dealing with IP in ways that empower authors and expand access to users.
Volker GrassmuckCentre for Digital Culture (CDC), Leuphana University GermanyWikiVision.euIncentives and Remuneration for Creative Work
Alternative Business Models
GlobalThis project starts from (1) the perception of the video revolution that brings forth numerous works that deserve a seal of quality on a par with the productions of the public service media, and (2) the enduring astonishment that the Wikipedia is possible, i.e. that out of the cooperation of free and equal peers an encyclopedia, one of the most import knowledge infrastructures of our times can emerge. Adding one and two together leads to the obvious, yet megalomaniac question whether we could not in the same manner create a high-quality audio-visual self-observation of society.
Volker Grassmuck
Rolf Grossman
Bodo Balazs
Pablo Ortellado
Leuphana University, Germany
IViR, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
GPOPAI, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
German Green Party
Sharing Licence Pilot ProjectIncentives and Remuneration for Creative Work
Alternative Business Models
EuropeWe are currently working on Alternative Compensation Schemes to legalize and monetize currently infringing online practices. Though in the last decade there have been many proposals, most of these were done by legal scholars following a top-down approach, ie: if this is legally possible and fair, this (or something similar) should be implemented. We also start with mapping the legally possible alternatives (mostly within the European context), but then we translate the legal alternatives into simple survey items and conduct a representative surveys to see which enjoy the highest level of support (measured in willingness to pay). The outcome of the survey will undergo an economic analysis to establish the welfare effects of different scenarios.