Published on December 06 2013
Dr. Blayne Haggart has received a grant from the Council for Research in the Social Sciences (CRISS). He plans to use the funds to assist with publishing his first book entitled, "Copyfight: The Politics of Global Digital Copyright Reform". According to Dr. Haggart, "Copyfight is the first complete account of the increasingly contentious global politics of copyright policymaking. It offers a clear look at whether individuals around the world can shape a law that will affect creativity, freedom of speech and economic innovation in the 21st century. It follows the path of copyright reform from treaty negotiation to implementation from the perspective of three countries: the United States, the global copyright superpower; Canada, a middle power; and Mexico, a developing country. Based on extensive interviews with policymakers and experts in the three countries, Copyfight argues that even small countries can set their own course on copyright legislation and that rising public interest in copyright and the involvement of new players from the telecommunications sector have the potential to move global copyright debates, even in the United States, away from its current trajectory of ever-increasing copyright protection." Inquiries about his research or the upcoming publication can be directed to Dr. Haggart.