IP Osgoode Speaks Series examines new perspectives on copyright law

Abraham Drassinower, associate professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law, will discuss his new book What’s Wrong With Copying? on March 2 during an IP Osgoode Speaks Series event, running 12:30 to 2:30pm in room 2027.

drassinower book coverDrassinower introduces a new radical approach to balancing the needs of the creators and users of authored works. Disentangling copyright theory from its focus on the economic value of a work as a commodity, he views a work instead as a communicative act.

Infringement, according to this perspective, is an unauthorized appropriation of another’s speech.

He offers a new way to interpret and criticize existing copyright law and to think about the relation between copyright and digital technology, as well as broader juridical, social and cultural concerns.

The presentation will be followed by comments from Professor Carys Craig, associate dean, Research & Institutional Relations, Osgoode Hall Law School and Professor Bita Amani, associate professor, Queens University Law. The event will wrap up with a Q&A session.

Drassinower is an associate professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law, Chair in the Legal, Ethical and Cultural Implications of Technological Innovation. He served as the director of the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy from 2006 to 2009. Drassinower has published in the areas of charitable trusts, unjust enrichment, intellectual property, and psychoanalysis and political theory.

For more, visit the event webpage.