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Harvesting Intellectual Property: A Qualitative Analysis of Creative and Innovative Activity

Jan 15, 2014, 12:30pm-2pm

Professor Jessica Silbey
Suffolk University

This talk is based on the empirical research that is part of a larger book project. Over five years, I conducted face-to-face interviews with a range of creators and innovators, their lawyers and business partners, discussing with them the variety of ways in which intellectual property intervenes in their professional lives. I will speak about two particular aspects of the book project. The first focus will be the role of “everyday work” in creative and innovative professions. In particular, based on an analysis of the data, I will share the common metaphors used to describe the burden and value of everyday creative and innovative work and the diverse and surprising ways in which intellectual property functions in facilitating creative and innovative work. I will then contrast these descriptions and this analysis with the ability of these same professions to make a living. That is, how does the work that is made earn revenue for the professionals so that they can continue working as they would like. Interviewees describe varied means and motives for doing their work and for disseminating their work, compelling a more diverse understanding of "incentives" and “progress” than perhaps historical understandings of the IP clause in the United States Constitution have supported. The data for this book includes interviews with artists, filmmakers, writers, engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs, as well as their lawyers, agents and business partners.

All are invited to attend. Lunch will be served.

RSVP here.


Location:Osgoode Hall Law School
Sponsor:Osgoode Hall Law School
Posted by:Jody-Ann Rowe
Web Sitehttp://lawartsculture.eventbrite.ca
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