Personal profile

Biography

I am an ARC Future Fellow and Associate Professor within Monash University's Law Faculty. My work sits at the intersection of law and culture, exploring how regulation (particularly copyright) impacts the creation and dissemination of our artefactual heritage.

My Future Fellowship project focuses on how fuller protection of authorship (as distinct from ownership) can open a path to meaningful copyright reform, reclaiming currently lost cultural value for the benefit of both authors and the broader public (FT170100011, $889,500). For more information about the project see authorsinterest.org or @authorsinterest.

I am also the lead Chief Investigator of a $680,204 ARC Linkage Project studying the legal and social impacts of library elending, with a team of legal, social and data science researchers and library partners within Australia and from around the world (LP160100387).

My books include Code Wars (Edward Elgar, 2011) and What if we could reimagine copyright? (with Professor Kimberlee Weatherall). The latter book is open access and available for free download (as is most of my other research). My major study 'Evaluating Graduated Response' and the 'Reimagine' collaboration were supported by a $70,700 Monash Research Accelerator grant.

I was appointed Kernochan Visiting International Intellectual Property Scholar at Columbia Law School (New York) in 2011, and have held visiting scholar and visiting professorships at UC Berkeley in 2013, Strasbourg in 2015, Columbia (again) in 2017 and Sciences Po (Paris) in 2018. I'm an Honorary Fellow of CREATe

I've spoken on matters relating to law and culture, copyright, access to knowledge and technology regulation at public events and scholarly conferences across five continents, and tweet from @rgibli

Research interests

My current research centres around law and (literary) culture. I'm particularly interested in how copyright law works as a form of cultural policy in determining which books are written, published and sold - and in determining how the resulting revenues are divided up.

I often work in interdisciplinary partnership with collaborators in data science, media and communications, and my research utilises doctrinal and empirical (quantitative and qualitative) methods.

I'm currently particularly interested in topics such as:

  • protection of authorship (as distinct from copyright ownership) in domestic and international copyright law
  • legal mechanisms for better securing copyright's rewards to creators, particularly rights reversion
  • the public interest in copyright, particularly the role of copyright in human and economic development
  • copyright and libraries, particularly issues around elending, preservation and author remuneration

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Projects 2014 2021

Research Output 2005 2017

A collection of impossible ideas

Giblin, R. K. & Weatherall, K. 2017 What if we could reimagine copyright?. Giblin, R. & Weatherall, K. (eds.). The Australian National University, p. 315-332 19 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)

Open Access

If we redesigned copyright from scratch, what might it look like?

Giblin, R. K. & Weatherall, K. 2017 What if we could reimagine copyright?. Giblin, R. & Weatherall, K. (eds.). The Australian National University, p. 1-24 24 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)

Open Access

Reimagining copyright's duration

Giblin, R. K. 9 Jan 2017 What if we could reimagine copyright?. Giblin, R. & Weatherall, K. (eds.). The Australian National University, p. 177-211 36 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)

Open Access

Should it be copyright's role to fill houses with books?

Giblin, R. 2017 Intellectual Property and the Regulation of the Internet. Frankel, S. & Gervais, D. (eds.). Wellington New Zealand: Victoria University Press, p. 19-42 24 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)

What if we could reimagine copyright?

Giblin, R. K. & Weatherall, K. 2017 The Australian National University. 332 p.

Research output: Book/ReportEdited Book

Open Access