Rebecca Giblin

Professor and Director
Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia, University of Melbourne

Rebecca Giblin (she/her) is an ARC Future Fellow and Professor at Melbourne Law School, and the Director of the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia. Her work sits at the intersection of law and culture, focusing on creators’ rights, access to knowledge and culture, technology regulation and copyright. Using quantitative, qualitative, doctrinal and comparative methods, she leads interdisciplinary teams with expertise across data science, cultural economics, literary sociology, information research and law to better understand how law impacts the creation and dissemination of creative works.

Giblin leads the Author’s Interest Project (ARC Future Fellowship; FT170100011) investigating how fuller protection of creators’ rights can help get them paid and simultaneously reclaim lost culture. She also heads up the e-Lending Project (ARC Linkage; LP160100387), working with an international team of legal, social and data science researchers and library partners to study the legal and social impacts of library elending. And she is director of Untapped: the Australian Literary Heritage Project, which has rescued over 160 culturally important Australian books and made them available for retail sale and for access via libraries. For more information about Untapped, see this Guardian profile of the project.

Giblin’s books include Code Wars (Edward Elgar, 2011) and What if we could reimagine copyright? (with Professor Kimberlee Weatherall). Her newest book, Chokepoint Capitalism, (with Cory Doctorow) is slated to be published by Beacon Press in September 2022.

Rebecca has held visiting scholar and visiting professor positions at Columbia Law School (2011), UC Berkeley (2013), Strasbourg (2015) and Sciences-Po Paris (2018). She is a CREATe Fellow (at the RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy) and Affiliated Faculty of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.

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