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Privilege and Property

Ronan Deazley
Martin Kretschmer
Lionel Bently


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1Isabella Alexander is a Newton Trust Lecturer in Law at the University of Cambridge and Beachcroft LLP Fellow in Law and Director of Studies in Law at Robinson College, Cambridge. Her publications onclude ’The Lord Chancellor, the Poets and the Courtesan: Public Morality and Copyright Law in the Early Nineteenth Century’, in Law and the City: Proceedings of the 17th British Legal History Conference (2005) and ’Criminalising Copyright: A Story of Pirates, Publishers and Pieces of Eight’(2007) 66 Cambridge Law Journal 625. She is the author of Copyright and the Public Interest in the Nineteenth Century (2010).

2Maurizio Borghi is a Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at Brunel Law School, and holds a Ph.D. from Bocconi University of Milan. He studied social sciences and philosophy at the University of Milan, has been a researcher at Bocconi University and a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society of the University of California, Berkeley. He has authored a monograph on the history of copyright (La manifattura del pensiero, 2003), edited a book on digital copyright (Proprietà digitale, 2006, with Maria Lillà Montagnani), and translated philosophical works from German and French. He is also author of a number of articles and papers on different topics, including philosophy and copyright law.

3Oren Bracha is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law. He received his LL.B. from the Tel-Aviv University Faculty of Law in 1998 and his S.J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2005. Bracha is a legal historian and an intellectual property law scholar who has published various articles about the history of intellectual property, copyright law, and internet law. His forthcoming book Owning Ideas is an intellectual history of American intellectual property law in the nineteenth century. Bracha was a law clerk for Chief Justice Aharon Barak of the Supreme Court of Israel. During his time at Harvard Law School he worked on various projects for the Berkamn Center for Internet and Society. His fields of interest and scholarship include intellectual property, cyberlaw, legal history and legal theory.

4John Feather has been Professor of Library and Information Studies at Loughborough since 1988, having worked in publishing and librarianship before moving to Loughborough. He has served as Head of Department (1990-94, 2003-06), Dean of Education and Humanities (1994-96) and Pro-Vice Chancellor (1996-2000). He has been a Visiting Professor at UCLA, and undertaken many other international tasks for the British Council, the EU, and UNESCO among others. He was a founding Board member of AHRC, and has served on committees and advisory bodies of learned societies, professional bodies and government and international agencies. His many publications include A History of British publishing (2nd ed, 2006), and Publishing, Piracy and Politics. An Historical Study of Copyright in Britain (1994).

5Stef van Gompel is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute for Information Law (IViR) of the University of Amsterdam. His dissertation covers the history of, rationales for, and possible future of, the prohibition on copyright formalities (Article 5(2) Berne Convention). Before he started his Ph.D. programme, Mr Van Gompel worked at IViR, first as an intern, and later as researcher. He wrote articles on collective rights management, orphan works, and the possible term extension of related rights in sound recordings. Following this he was co-author of the study, commissioned by the European Commission, on the Recasting of copyright and related rights for the knowledge economy. Mr Van Gompel is a member of the Study Group on the History of Copyright of the Dutch copyright organisation ’Vereniging voor Auteursrecht’ (VvA). His key publications include: (with M.M.M. van Eechoud, P.B. Hugenholtz et al) Harmonizing European Copyright Law: The Challenges of Better Lawmaking, Information Law Series 19 (Kluwer Law International, 2009); ’Unlocking the Potential of Pre-Existing Content: How to Address the Issue of Orphan Works in Europe?’, 38 IIC 669 (2007); (with P.B. Hugenholtz, M.M.M. van Eechoud et al.) The Recasting of Copyright & Related Rights for the Knowledge Economy, report to the European Commission, DG Internal Market, November 2006.

6Friedemann Kawohl has degrees in Music theory and Arts management and received his PhD in Musicology from Technische Universität Berlin. He has written a book on music copyright in Prussia, published in German: Urheberrecht der Musik in Preußen (2001). He has lectured at Bournemouth University, School of Finance & Law (2000-03), and is now a research fellow in the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management, Bournemouth University (

7Joanna Kostylo received a PhD in Italian history from the University of Cambridge, King’s College. A Research Fellow at the Centre of Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at Cambridge, she also teaches for the Italian Department and works on a research project Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900) at the Faculty of Law in Cambridge. The author of ’Commonwealth of All Faiths: Republican Myth and the Italian Diaspora in Sixteenth-century Poland-Lithuania’, in Friedrich and Pendzich (eds), Citizenship and Identity in a Multinational Commonwealth: Poland Lithuania in Context, 1569-1795 (2008), her research interests range from Renaissance and Reformation studies to the history of the book and authorship in the early modern period.

8Alastair Mann is Lecturer in Scottish History at the University of Stirling. He is co-editor of the online resource Records of the Parliaments of Scotland (2007/08) ( and of the forthcoming History of the Book in Scotland, vol. 1: Medieval to 1707 (2009). He is author of the Saltire prize wining The Scottish Book Trade, 1500 to 1720 (2000) and researches and publishes widely in both book and parliamentary history. Additionally, he is currently working on a biography of James VII and II from a Scottish perspective.

9Karl-Nikolaus Peifer is currently Director of the Institute for Media Law and Communications Law of the University of Cologne and Director of the Institute for Broadcasting Law at the University of Cologne. He studied law, economics and romanic languages at the Universities of Trier, Bonn, Hamburg and Kiel. He previously held positions as a researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute for Intellectual Property Law in Munich, as an Assistant Professor in Kiel, and as a Professor of Private, Business, Media and Intellectual Property Law in Frankfurt/Oder and Bochum. Since 2003 he has been a judge at the Oberlandesgericht Hamm. His main fields of research are Intellectual Property and Media Law.

10Laurent Pfister is Professor of the History of Law at the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin and has written extensively on intellectual property, the history of private law, and the history of copyright.

11Frédéric Rideau is a lecturer in legal history at the Faculty of Law of the University of Poitiers. His published works include: La formation du droit de la propriété littéraire en France et en Grande-Bretagne: Une convergence oubliée (2004).

12Mark Rose is Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has published many books on a range of subjects from Shakespeare to science fiction, including Heroic Love: Studies in Sidney and Spenser; Shakespearean Design; Spenser’s Art; and Alien Encounters: Anatomy of Science Fiction. His study of the emergence of copyright in eighteenth-century Britain, Authors and Owners: The Invention of Copyright (1993), was a finalist for a National Book Critics’ Circle Award in 1993. In addition to writing on the history of copyright, he frequently serves as a consultant and expert witness in movie and television matters involving allegations of copyright infringement.

13Katie Scott is a graduate in the History of Art from University College, London (1980), and was a Junior Research Fellow at Christ’s College, Cambridge (1983-87) before joining the staff of The Courtaud Institute of Art in 1988. She has a PhD from the University of London (1988) and has had her subsequent research funded by the Leverhulme Trust (1999) and the AHRC (2004-05). She is the author of various scholarly publications, including: ’Authorship, the Académie and the Market in Early Modern France’, Oxford Art Journal, 21/1 (1998); ’Art and Industry – A Contradictory Union: Authors, Rights and Copyrights during the Consulat’, Journal of Design History, 13/1 (2000); and ’Invention and Privilege in Early Modern France: The Case of Colour’, in Pratiques historiques de l’innovation et historicité de l’économie des savoirs (12e-19e siècles), ed. Liliane Hilaire-Pérez and A.-F. Garçon (Paris, CNRS, November 2003). She is the author of the forth-coming monograph: Becoming Property: Art, Theory and Law in the French Enlightenment.

14William St Clair FBA FRSL, is Senior Reseach Fellow, Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. Among his recent books are The Reading Nation in the Romantic Period (2004) and The Political Economy of Reading (2005).


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