Considering copyright, collaboration and conflict at IP Osgoode Speaks Series

Osgoode Hall Law School’s Intellectual Property Law and Technology program (IP Osgoode) is welcoming Luke McDonagh – a senior lecturer at the City Law School of City, University of London – to York University as the latest presenter in the IP Osgoode Speaks Series. McDonagh’s talk, titled “Copyright and Collaboration in Works of Theatre,” will take place on March 2 beginning at 2:30 p.m. in Osgoode Hall Room 2003 at the Keele Campus.

Luke McDonagh
Luke McDonagh

Luke McDonagh undertakes research primarily in the areas of intellectual property and constitutional law, and has published in journals including The Modern Law Review, Journal of Law and Society and Civil Justice Quarterly. He is currently writing a monograph for Hart Publishing about copyright law and theatre.

In recent years, conflicts over authorship in theatre have become more prevalent, however only rarely have copyright cases involving works of theatre gone to court. There are a number of reasons why these disputes seldom result in formal litigation, which is explored over the course of this talk. In his presentation, McDonagh will examine how copyright law and authorship works in the context of theatre, including questions of joint authorship, infringement and moral rights. He will explore how playwriting occurs and its relationship with performance, evaluate empirical interview data conducted with actors, writers, directors and producers of theatre, and consider recommendations for legal reform.

Those wishing to attend this event are asked to RSVP. Additional details on this talk can be found on the event website. A calendar of events hosted by Osgoode Hall can be found on the school’s website.

Some of the past presenters of the IP Osgoode Speaks Series include copyright expert Abraham Drassinower and talk radio host Jerry Agar.