Ipse Dixit


Jessica Silbey on the Photocopier

Season 1, Ep. 246

In this episode, Jessica M. Silbey, Professor of Law and Co-Director, Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity at Northeastern University School of Law, discusses her essay "Photocopier," which will be included in the book "A History of Intellectual Property in 50 Objects," edited by Claudy Op Den Kamp and Dan Hunter, and published by Cambridge University Press. Silbey begins by describing the book project and explaining how she got involved in it. She then recounts the history of the invention of the photocopier, and the different people and companies involved in its creation. She reflects on the social impact of the photocopier, and its ironic relationship to intellectual property. And she closes by discussing how this essay relates to her other scholarship, especially her work on communities of photographers. Silbey is on Twitter at @JSilbey.

This episode was hosted by Brian L. Frye, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law. Frye is on Twitter at @brianlfrye.

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