By facilitating the collaboration of an international
and multidisciplinary group of copyright scholars, together with
the participation of a range of copyright stakeholders, the research
network seeks to play a leading role in stimulating international
research and debate about the future of the copyright system.
As the most flexible of the intellectual property rights, copyright
is subject to constant pressure to adapt in order to respond to
a variety of social, cultural, economic and political demands. These
demands are sometimes generated by new developments and sometimes
by new perceptions and approaches to older issues. Copyright is
also being called upon to address lacunae in the intellectual property
regime relating to developments in the areas of genomics and biotechnology.
The role, function and theoretical basis of copyright law is now
more uncertain than ever. The multifarious challenges to copyright
offer unparalleled opportunities to re-examine copyright law and
to forge a copyright law that serves the interests of society at
The background to the project and aims are outlined in more depth
under History and Aims.