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
Miguel CaetanoCenter for the Study and Research of Sociology, ISCTE-IUL, PortugalUsers and distributors. Networked Communication and European Cinema in P2P NetworksIncentives and Remuneration for Creative Work
Creative Industries
GlobalThis is a collaborative project at our center made up of three parts: (1) an assessment of the state of the European film industry in the context of the global movie business and the importance of Hollywood, from development to financing, production, distribution, and exhibition/consumption; (2) Analysis of the effects and impacts of digitization on the European film industry again from the same chain value perspective; (3) results of a survey of online consumption habits among Portuguese Internet users. With this report, we hope to open up policy and media discussions of access to culture and knowledge in Portugal.
Rahul Telang
Mike Smith
Carnegie Mellon University, USAIncentives and Remuneration for Creative Work
Creative Industries
USAMost of our work in this area is about understanding how piracy and anti-piracy measures affect user and firm incentives. The methods are mostly economics and impact is to bring data analysis to the table.
Joel WaldfogelUniversity of Minnesota, USAIncentives and Remuneration for Creative Work
Creative Industries
USAOne big project is quantifying the supply of new creative products since digitization. Earlier work by me and others documented harmful effects of piracy on revenue. But this big question is whether, in light of both the bad news on the demand side (piracy) and good news on the supply side (a reduction of bringing new products to market), consumers continue to experience a robust flow of new products. I have written a series of papers examining this question with data on music. I am now looking at books.
Joel WaldfogelUniversity of Minnesota, USAIncentives and Remuneration for Creative Work
Creative Industries
USAA second large project is concerned with digitization and international trade in music. Now that products are digital - and product discovery channels are broad - does distance continue to matter in international trade? Does the US dominate global markets in music in the same way that it does in movies? Does the move toward more frictionless trade help or hurt consumers and producers in a variety of different markets? The study will examine North America and Europe.
Jessica SilbeySuffolk University Law School, UKIncentives and Remuneration for Creative Work
Creative Industries
United KingdomI am writing a book on intellectual property's various roles in artistic and scientific work based on a series of in-depth interviews with artists and scientists and business lawyer and business managers. The work is based on qualitative empirical methods and will be published by Stanford University Press. I have conducted 50 interviews with people on the east-coast of the United States in a wide-variety of industry/fields. My hope is that the research will undercut the one-dimensional explanation for IP protection in the US and provide additional evidence for IP law's retarding and extraneous effects/uses in industries that are nonetheless IP-rich.
Ana SantosDuke Law School, USAIncentives and Remuneration for Creative Work
Creative Industries
AfricaI am researching the impact of IP on creative industries in developing countries. My current main focus is sub-Saharan Africa, and I have been studying the music industry in selected African countries. I have field work planned in Senegal and Ghana later on this year. I am also planning to look at other creative industries (especially the film industry) and to connect patterns of IP and developmental policies in selected countries to existing economic literature on creative clustering.
Centre for Internet and Society, IndiaThe Legal Music Market in India in Response to the Digital AgeIncentives and Remuneration for Creative Work
Creative Industries
IndiaOngoing CIS work in this area (most recently by Amba Uttara) argues that litigation and technological solutions such as Digital Rights Management are no solution for the “pricing problem” of the Indian music market and that as new players, such as telecom operators and content aggregators, emerge in the music ecosystem, legal music services must move away from the perceived crisis within old business structures.