Timecode seminar

David S. Wall

 School of Law, University of Leeds

Wednesday 24th February 2010, 6pm, On Location, National Media Museum

“Elvis and the Synoptic Panopticon: Intellectual Property and Popular Culture in the Information Age”.

In this talk I draw upon socio-legal research conducted into the ways that intellectual property regimes that protect celebrity, music and also luxury fashion brands act in the information age. Using the specific examples of Elvis’s celebrity, and also music downloads and the counterfeiting of fashion goods I will explore the contemporary debate over intellectual property rights, then critique the orthodox theoretical arguments underpinning IP regimes. Arguments, which, it will be argued, grossly underplay and undervalue the creative role played by consumers in the life of an intellectual property today. This omission is to the detriment of both popular culture in general and also to the rights holder.

David S. Wall is Professor of Criminal Justice and Information Society at the University of Leeds, where he also conducts research and teaches in the fields of criminal justice and information technology, policing and cyberlaw. Head of the School of Law (2005-2007; 2010-2013) and Director of the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies (2000-2005), David’s specialist area of research is criminal justice and information technology an area in which he conducted many research projects and has published a wide range of articles and books.

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