‘Emails, property, law and death: where are we?’

On Friday 30 January at 4.15pm in the Kenyon Mason Suite (Old College) Edina Harbinja, Law Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire, is presenting on the following topic:

‘Emails, property, law and death: where are we?’

This talk will examine issues surrounding transmission of emails on death. In order to be able to address these issues, the speaker will explore whether emails can be considered property of a user, or copyright/contracts law provides a better framework for defining the legal nature of emails. In addition, the issue of post-mortem privacy will be addressed, in so far as it affects the status of emails of deceased users. In conclusion, a combined “code”/law framework is proposed as the most appropriate solution for transmission of emails content on death.

The talk will be followed by a discussion and an informal wine reception! All welcome!

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‘Copyright, freedom of expression and the search for the public interest’

On Friday 16 January at 4.15pm in the Kenyon Mason Suite (Old College) Dr Daithi Mac Sithigh, Reader in Law at Newcastle University, is presenting on the following topic:

‘Copyright, freedom of expression and the search for the public interest’

Abstract“How does copyright law accommodate freedom of expression? I will address this issue, and raise further questions about the impact of evolving copyright-related business models on this fundamental right.  This inquiry is necessary because of the diverse pressures on established copyright law (leading to, for instance, new approaches to enforcement, or the recasting of exceptions), and the increased significance of merely using a work (accessing, reading, etc) as an act governed by intellectual property. Doctrinally, it is only in recent years that significant attention has been paid by scholars of each field to the other; efforts at intergovernmental level have been, to date, inconclusive. This research was carried out as part of CREATe, the Research Councils UK-funded centre for copyright and new business models in the creative industries.”

The talk will be followed by an informal discussion and some refreshments. All staff, PhD and postgraduate students are welcome.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from the IPDG to all members and visitors!

We are pleased to announce that in the upcoming semester we will have several visiting speakers at our discussion group! For more information about the interesting topics to be covered check out our forthcoming events page!

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our meetings in 2015!