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'All the world's knowledge'

The text of Jane C Ginsburg’s British Academy Law Lecture – ‘From Hypatia to Victor Hugo to Larry and Sergey: “All the world’s knowledge” and universal authors’ rights’ – was one of the first articles posted to the new online open-access Journal of the British Academy, in July 2013. The lecture discusses the legal implications of two competing claims: the utopian aspiration to provide access to all knowledge, and pursuit of the universal protection of authors’ rights. In this edited extract, Professor Ginsburg provides some background to the legal discussion by describing some historical examples of ‘access to knowledge’ utopianism.

Law • Jane C Ginsburg

The whole article can be downloaded as a PDF file.

Published in British Academy Review, Issue 22 (Summer 2013).