J. Coombe is a Tier One Canada
Research Chair in Law, Communication and Cultural Studies
at York University
in Toronto, where she teaches in the Communications
and Culture Joint PhD/MA Programme, and is cross-appointed
to the Osgoode
Hall Faculty of Law Graduate Programme, and the Graduate Programme
in Social and
Political Thought. Prior to being awarded one of the country's
first Canada Research Chairs she was Full Professor of Law at
the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. She holds a J.S.D. from
Stanford University with a Minor in Anthropology and publishes
widely in anthropology and political and legal theory.
Her work addresses
the cultural, political, and social implications of intellectual property
laws. Her book, The
Cultural Life of Intellectual Properties is a legal ethnography
of the ways in which intellectual property law shapes cultural politics
in consumer societies.
has been working on two projects. With Andrew Herman she is engaged
in a study of the ethics of property and propriety involved in the
management of trademarks on the world-wide web and the ways in which
digital environments enable consumers to interrupt and to contest
the corporate assumption of goodwill. These issues were covered in
a recent address
at MIT - webcast available here.
larger project concerns the protection of biological diversity,
its relation to cultural diversity and the international movement
to protect traditional knowledge in the international human
rights framework. How and why have cultural claims been revitalized
in the information economy, and to what extent can appeals for
the protection of cultural traditions serve progressive ends?
In recent remarks,
she suggests that political movements to protect the public domain
need to become more cross cultural and more dialogic in nature and
that authorship remains an aspirational status that will continue
to attract the political energies of the world's marginalized in a
globalizing economy. Video available here.
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Artmob is a multisectoral initiative designed to build large, accessible online archives of publically licensed Canadian art, and to foreground the issues that this process raises for Canadian copyright and intellectual property laws. It is part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers in close consultation with artists, cultural producers and cultural industry groups.
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Rosemary Coombe can be contacted by email: firstname.lastname@example.org