Book Club - Copyfight: The Global Politics of Digital Copyright Reform

Event details


Date & time

Thursday 12 June 2014


Seminar Room 1.04, Coombs Extension Building (8), Fellows Road, ANU
ANU Canberra


Dr Blayne Haggart, Brock University, with Professor Glenn Withers, RegNet, ANU & Dr Matthew Rimmer, ANU ,College of Law


Julie Ayling

In his new book, Dr Blayne Haggart grapples with the issue of whether citizens and small countries have any power to resist the juggernaut that is the United States copyright industry. In doing so he traces the 1996 World Intellectual Property Organization’s treaties from negotiation to implementation, taking the perspective of three countries, the United States, Canada, and Mexico. His findings draw on extensive interviews with policymakers and experts in these three countries. He concludes that not all the power is in the hands of the U.S. government and that growing public interest in copyright issues, such as was evidenced by the social movement that derailed the U.S. Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in 2012, may even result in a move away from ever-increasing copyright protection by the U.S. itself. 

Dr Haggart is an Assistant Professor at Brock University in Ontario. His research focuses on North American regional governance and economic integration and the political economy of copyright. His research draws on his past experience as a journalist and as an economist for several Canadian parliamentary committees. 

We are also fortunate that ANU’s Professor Glenn Withers, Visiting Fellow in RegNet and Dr Matthew Rimmer from the ANU College of Law will join us to offer their expert views on Blayne’s book.RegNet Bookclub is a free event.

Lunch will be provided. For catering purposes please rsvp by c.o.b. Monday 9 June 2014 to

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