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
Carolina BoteroKarisma Foundation, ColombiaPublic Investment in Text Books in the South of Latin America.’ Carolina Botero, Karisma FoundationAccess to Knowledge and Cultural Goods
Access to Educational Materials
Latin AmericaA five-country comparative study in Latin America that seeks to describe and compare procurement practices for educational materials K-12 public education systems. Funder: UNESCO. This work will expand in 2014 to include more countries and higher education.
Joe Karaganis
Lawrence Liang
Pedro Mizukami
Eve Grey
Miroslaw Filiciak
Pablo Arrieta
Evelin Heidel
Alek Tarkowski
The Ecology of Access to Educational Materials in UniversitiesAccess to Knowledge and Cultural Goods
Access to Educational Materials
South Africa
A large 7-country comparative study of how students and faculty get the materials they need for their work, focusing on Brazil, India, South Africa, Poland, Argentina, Colombia, and the US. Our ‘ecological’ approach links ‘bottom-up’ accounts of student and classroom activity with institutional strategies and public policy on access and educational limitations and exceptions.
Joe KaraganisThe American Assembly, Columbia University, USAOER Demand IndicatorsAccess to Knowledge and Cultural Goods
Access to Educational Materials
Building on the new Open Syllabus Project, I think we’ll be able to provide demand indicators for open access materials in the US and in other countries where we can secure university-level participation. We will be looking for partners able to broker access to university syllabus repositories. Currently Sloan Foundation funded.
Andrew RensDuke University, USAThe Provision of Educational Resources as Public GoodsAccess to Knowledge and Cultural Goods
Access to Educational Materials
USAI examine the provision of 'learning materials' reconceived as educational resources at primary, secondary and tertiary level and by state, intergovernmental and non-profit private agencies and suggest that mandating public licenses such as Creative Commons Attribution can best achieve the objectives of these agencies. The hoped for impact is to provide the advocates of Open Educational Resources with developed arguments for conversation with policy-makers.
Brandon ButlerAmerican University Washington College of Law, USALicensing and fair use issues for librariesAccess to Knowledge and Cultural Goods
USAI'll be following up libraries who have used the ARL 'Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries' to see whether the Code has, in practice, reduced uncertainty and promoted best practices around fair use. I also plan to explore whether the licensing costs associated with use of older academic journal content suppress the market for newer content, such as monographs. Finally, I may look at the types of works held by libraries that are technically covered by copyright but are clearly not produced with any hope of remuneration via licensing, etc. How has copyright changed the fate of those works, made them less available as subjects for scholarship, lay enjoyment, etc.?
J. Carlos LaraDerechos Digitales, ChileAccess to Knowledge and Cultural Goods
Latin America
I've been conducting research in support of an effort to provide one of Santiago's biggest universities with an open access repository. Currently in its advanced stages, the goal is to implement an institutional repository for faculty works (whose rights are legally held by the university) and graduate and undergraduate thesis.
Laura CzerneiwiczUniversity of Capetown, South AfricaAcademics' Publishing Patterns and the Economics of the Most-Published in JournalsAccess to Knowledge and Cultural Goods
GlobalA case study of the most often-published in journals and the associated costs and legal requirements. The project is intended to surface the hidden costs and legal requirements of both traditional and open access publishing (including the tendency towards double dipping).
Peter Jaszi
Pam Samuelson
American University Washington College of Law, USA
University of California, Berkeley, USA
Best Practices Guidelines for Libraries and ArchivesAccess to Knowledge and Cultural Goods
USAThe Berkeley Digital Library Copyright Project with PIJIP at American University is working to develop best practices guidelines for libraries and archives for making decisions about whether works in copyright are orphan works and whether they can be made available to the public. The project is based on a series of workshops featuring representatives of these heritage groups talking about their policies and practices and an assessment of the legal environment. We believe that many uses of orphan works can be justified as fair use. The best practices guidelines could be very valuable to heritage institutions to facilitate greater access to orphan works.
Peter Jaszi
Pam Samuelson
American University Washington College of Law, USA
University of California, Berkeley, USA
Policy and Judicial Interventions around Fair UseAccess to Knowledge and Cultural Goods
USAThe Berkeley group participates in the ongoing policy and judicial conversations around fair use and other key components of copyright law in the digital era. This work includes submitting comments and reply comments to the Copyright Office in response to its Notice of Inquiry about orphan works and mass digitization, and filing amicus curiae briefs on behalf of academic authors in three pending copyright cases: Authors Guild v Google, arguing both against class certification and that digitizing texts to enable text mining is fair use; Authors Guild v HathiTrust, arguing against the Guild having standing to challenge HT except as to copyrights it owns and making the same argument regarding fair use for text mining; and Cambridge U Press v Becker, arguing that Georgia State's practice of allowing limited uploading of portions of copyrighted works was fair use.
Agata KrolikowskiUniversity of Humboldt, GermanyOrphan Works in Digital LibrariesAccess to Knowledge and Cultural Goods
The ongoing German and European regulations on orphan works are the focus of this project, conducted in cooperation with a working group at Humboldt University Institute for Internet and Society.
Lawrence LiangAlternative Law Forum, IndiaArchives, Access, AnxietiesAccess to Knowledge and Cultural Goods
GlobalWhile librarians have been at the forefront of copyright reform, archivists seem to have entered the debate relatively late. Because the traditional function of archives emphasized preservation, they were not bothered much by copyright restrictions. But as archives go digital, the line between preservation and dissemination begins to blur and we see many more archivists entering the IP debate. We are helping a number of new online archives which have emerged to create public domain materials to navigate the copyright system.