Rebecca Giblin

Assoc Professor

20052021
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Biography

I am an ARC Future Fellow and Associate Professor within Monash University's Law Faculty. My work uses doctrinal, quantitative and qualitative methods to build evidence about how intellectual property arrangements and other regulations are working in practice,  to identify changes that would help these laws better achieve their aims. My main research areas are copyright, technology regulation, and the regulation of culture (particularly how the law impacts the creation and dissemination of creative works).

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). Interactive dashboards and information about the project are available at elendingproject.org.

My books include Code Wars (Edward Elgar, 2011) and What if we could reimagine copyright? (with Professor Kimberlee Weatherall). The latter 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 professors positions at UC Berkeley in 2013, Strasbourg in 2015, Columbia (again) in 2017 and Sciences Po (Paris) in 2018. I'm a Fellow of CREATe, the RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy, and a member of the Affiliated Faculty of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.

My recent theoretical contributions include A new copyright bargain? Reclaiming lost culture and getting authors paid, which sets out a treaty-consistent alternative to current approaches that would do a better job of achieving copyright's fundamental aims. 

My current quantitative empirical work includes a project examining how investment in books changes depending on copyright status. Separately, we recently conducted a study of almost 100,000 e-books and almost 400,000 distinct licences to investigate publishers' pricing and licensing decision across five countries. Our methods included creating new algorithms to estimate the original publication year of these books to enable us to explore deeper cultural access questions. We also used artificial intelligence (machine learning) to understand the relationships between ebook prices and their other characteristics.

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

Research interests

My research is centred around the regulation of technology and the regulation of culture. 

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

Currently, I'm particularly interested in:

  • protection of authorship (as distinct from copyright ownership) in domestic and international copyright law
  • copyright and libraries, particularly issues around elending, preservation and author remuneration
  • open access for scholarly publishing
  • algorithmic accountability
  • technology regulation
  • anti-regulatory code
  • evidence-based intellectual property law reform

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Projects 2014 2021

Research Output 2005 2018

A new copyright bargain? Reclaiming lost culture and getting authors paid

Giblin, R., 2018, In : The Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts. 41, 3, p. 369-411 43 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
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A collection of impossible ideas

Giblin, R. K. & Weatherall, K., 2017, What if we could reimagine copyright?. Giblin, R. & Weatherall, K. (eds.). 1st ed. The Australian National University, p. 315-332 19 p.

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

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.). 1st ed. The Australian National University, p. 1-24 24 p.

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

Open Access

Reimagining copyright's duration

Giblin, R. K., 9 Jan 2017, What if we could reimagine copyright?. Giblin, R. & Weatherall, K. (eds.). 1st ed. The Australian National University, p. 177-211 36 p.

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

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.). 1st ed. Wellington New Zealand: Victoria University Press, p. 19-42 24 p.

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