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Property on the Line: Life on the Frontier between Copyright and the Public Domain


Graeme W. Austin


Victoria University of Wellington

December 20, 2012

Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper No. 5/2013

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This article is an edited transcript of Professor Graeme W Austin’s Inaugural Lecture, delivered in the Council Chamber of Victoria University of Wellington on 15 November 2012. Professor Austin was appointed Chair in Private Law in the Faculty of Law in November 2010. This lecture explores claims that in copyright law, the public domain is necessarily in opposition to proprietary rights, and suggests that in many contexts the incentives offered by copyright contribute to the vibrancy and volume of material that is available for downstream creativity and innovation. Drawing on his earlier work on the relationship between human rights law, Professor Austin’s lecture advances the idea that cognisance of the human rights dimensions of intellectual property, including creators’ human rights, should inform conceptions of the property domain of copyright law. The lecture concluded with a warning against the “Walmartization” of copyright, according to which the only policy concern is lowering the price that consumers pay for copyright-protected material.

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Date posted: December 21, 2012 ; Last revised: April 8, 2014

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Austin, Graeme W., Property on the Line: Life on the Frontier between Copyright and the Public Domain (December 20, 2012). Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper No. 5/2013. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2192312 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2192312

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