Summer Seminar: Intellectual Property in Comparative Perspective

August 2nd 2004
Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

This seminar was intended to build stronger cross-disciplinary and transnational expertise on intellectual property (IP) issues, especially in relation to cultural production and technological change. The goal was to foster better understanding of the relationships between law, the politics of IP governance, and the social processes underlying innovation and creativity. Discussions paid particular attention to the transnational and national aspects of the debate over "protection" and "misuse," in recognition of the central place of this tension in current policy debates; in the organization of cultural creativity, education, and scientific innovation; and in the fabric of everyday cultural life. The seminar was an inaugural effort of the Center for Media & Communications Studies at Central European University (CEU) and the product of collaboration among several institutions: the CEU, the Social Science Research Council, the Department of Culture and Communications at New York University, the Stanhope Center for Communications Policy Research in London, the Cardozo School of Law, and the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Funding was provided by the Knowledge, Creativity, and Freedom Program of the Ford Foundation, by Ford regional offices in Indonesia, Brazil, and Mexico, and by the Open Society Institute.