Professor Mira T Sundara Rajan

  • Professor of Intellectual Property Law (School of Law)

telephone: 0141 330 5873
email: Mira.SundaraRajan@glasgow.ac.uk

Biography

Dr Mira T. Sundara Rajan  joined the School of Law in September 2013 as a Professor of Intellectual Property Law.  Mira holds a doctorate in law from the University of Oxford, and has spoken and published widely on copyright law and cultural matters. Her second book, Moral Rights: Principles, Practice and New Technology, was published by Oxford University Press (New York) in 2011. The book examines the impact of technology on culture, considering both opportunities and challenges generated by the digital environment, and it proposes new solutions to the legal, ethical, and creative dilemmas that are likely to arise. A new edition of the book is forthcoming in 2014.  

Mira previously held the Canada Research Chair in Intellectual Property Law at the University of British Columbia, where she was a tenured professor of law and was awarded the Canada Research Chair (Tier II), one of Canada’s highest academic honours, for the maximum term of ten years (2005-15).  Prior to that Mira was a Herchel Smith Fellow in Intellectual Property Law at the Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute of the University of London (2002-04).  Mira has been a Visiting Professor and Fellow at a number of universities worldwide, including New York University Law School, LUISS University (Rome), and  Magdalen College, Oxford, where she continues to be an Honorary Member of the College.  Mira is also active as a specialist consultant on intellectual property matters, advising governments, non-governmental organizations, firms, and individuals in the United States, Canada, the UK and other European Union countries, and also Russia, and India.

Mira edits the looseleaf series, Intellectual Property: Eastern Europe, featuring law in translation and commentary by eminent contributors (re-published as a series of books by Oxford University Press in 2012).  Her first book, Copyright and Creative Freedom: A Study of Post-Socialist Law Reform, dealt with the problems of copyright law and reform in Russia and other Central and Eastern European jurisdictions. Mira is fluent in English and French, and broadcasts regularly in both languages on radio and television.

Photographic image courtesy of [Martin Dee]

Research interests

Mira’s areas of expertise include trademarks, geographical indications, and design rights, as well as copyright and moral rights. She deals with cutting-edge technological issues, including digital copyright, and has a special interest in traditional knowledge and cultural expressions, cultural property and art law, and the creative arts. She works regularly on  international regulation and cross-border transactions, and is conversant with the law of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Western and Eastern European jurisdictions, Russia, and India, as well as the private and public international regulation of intellectual property rights.

Selected publications

Grants

Professor Mira Sundara Rajan has been awarded the following grants:

2014

CREATe in partnership with the National Library of Scotland: "New Business Models for Cultural Institutions," ₤51,966, 2014-17

2010 and 2005

Canada Research Chair (Tier II): "Moral Rights in the Digital Age," $500,000, 2010-15 (held until 2011)

2008

Standard Research Grant, SSHRC (Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada), "Moral Rights: The Future of Copyright Law," $124,313, 2008-11

2005

Canada Research Chair (Tier II): "Intellectual Property in a Global Society," $500,000, 2005-10

Standard Research Grant, SSHRC (Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada), "Copyright in a Global Society: Lessons from Europe," $67,821, 2005-08

Supervision

 

Additional information

Blogs

(1) “Homage or Humiliation? Moral Rights, Vertigo, and The Artist,” May 22 available at
http://the1709blog.blogspot.ca/2012/05/homage-or-humiliation-moral-rights.html

(2) “Is Apple Deleting the History of Music? Moral Rights on iTunes,” May 28 available at
http://the1709blog.blogspot.ca/2012/05/is-apple-deleting-history-of-music.html

(3) “Getting Paid is a Moral Right, too! Why Creative Commons Gets it Wrong,” June 6 available at http://the1709blog.blogspot.ca/2012/06/getting-paid-is-moral-right-too-why.html

(4) “India: A Place where Moral Rights Matter,” June 18 available at
http://the1709blog.blogspot.ca/2012/06/india-place-where-moral-rights-matter.html

(5) “The Devil is in the Footnotes: Moral Rights in the Beijing Treaty,” July 20 available at
http://the1709blog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/the-devil-is-in-footnotes-moral-rights.html

(6) “A Rose by Any Other Name? Moral Rights, Plagiarism, Lehrer and Zakaria,” Aug. 27 available at http://the1709blog.blogspot.ca/2012/08/a-rose-by-any-other-name-moralrightshtml

Founder, Editor, and contributor to Mahakavi Subramania Bharati by Bharati’s Granddaughter,
S. Vijaya Bharati (Spring 2013-)

Contributor to 1709 Copyright Blog (ed. Professor Jeremy Phillips) (Fall 2012-).

Series on Moral Rights for the 1709 Copyright Blog, Summer 2012:


Forthcoming Works
Moral Rights: A Guide To Global Practice  
(Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2014;estimated 600 pages).

Mira T. Sundara Rajan & S. Vijaya Bharati, eds., Subramania Bharati’s English Writings
(Hachette India, 2013).

Mira T. Sundara Rajan, ed., Intellectual Property In The New Europe
(LexisNexis/MatthewBender (acquired from OUP USA in March 2013), forthcoming 2013-14),
Volume 1 – Protecting Culture: Copyright, Moral Rights, And Related Rights,
Volume 2 – Geographical Indications: Wine And Beyond,
Volume 3 – Protecting Tradition: Foklore & Traditional Knowledge,
Volume 4 – Trademarks And Brands,
Volume 5 – Protecting Innovation: Patents And Plant Varieties,
Volume 6 – New Frontiers: IP &Competition
(each volume estimated 300 pages).


Book Chapters
In Search of an Author: Joint Authorship in the Complex Case of Film, presentation at ALAI
(Association littéraire et artistique internationale) Study Days 2010 (Michel Walter, ed.),
(forthcoming 2013) [25 manuscript pages].

All publications

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2013

Sundara Rajan, M. (2013) Intellectual Property in Eastern Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States. LexisNexis Electronic Publications. ISBN 9780769870229

Sundara Rajan, M. (2013) Tradition and change: the past and future of Athors' moral rights. In: Takenaka, T. (ed.) Intellectual Property In Common Law And Civil Law. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, pp. 123-146. ISBN 9780857934369

2012

Sundara Rajan, M. (2012) Moral rights or economic rights? In: Wilkof, N. and Basheer, S. (eds.) Overlapping Intellectual Property Rights. Oxford University Press: Oxford, pp. 209-230. ISBN 9780199696444

Sundara Rajan, M., (Ed.) (2012) Moral Rights in the Russian Civil Code. Series: Intellectual Property: Eastern Europe and the CIS. Oxford University Press: New York, NY.

Sundara Rajan, M. (2012) At the frontiers of law-making: copyright and the protection of culture in India. World Intellectual Property Organisation Journal, 4(1), pp. 111-120.

2011

Sundara Rajan, M. (2011) Creative commons: America's moral rights? Fordham Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Journal, 21, pp. 905-969.

Sundara Rajan, M. (2011) Moral Rights: Principles, Practice and New Technology. Oxford University Press: Oxford. ISBN 9780195390315

2010

Sundara Rajan, M. (2010) Culture matters: why Canada's proposed amendments to its copyright law should revisit moral rights. In: Geist, M. (ed.) From 'Radical Extremism' to 'Balanced Copyright': Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda. Irwin Law: Toronto, Canada, pp. 476-499. ISBN 9781552212042

2009

Sundara Rajan, M. (2009) The lessons of the past: C Subramania Bharati and the nationalization of copyright. Script-ed, 6(2), pp. 201-206.

2008

Sundara Rajan, M. (2008) Strange bedfellows: law and culture in the digital age. In: Anheier, H. and Isar, R. (eds.) Cultural Economy. Series: Cultures and Globalization Series, 2 (2). Sage: London, pp. 67-82. ISBN 9781412934749

Sundara Rajan, M. (2008) Intellectual Property and Aboriginal Peoples: Conflict or Compromise? Working Paper. Scow Institute, Vancouver B.C., Canada.

Sundara Rajan, M. (2008) Moral Rights in India. Project Report. Waseda University, Japan.

2007

Sundara Rajan, M. (2007) Center Stage: Performers and their moral rights in the WPPT. Case Western Reserve Law Review, 57(4), pp. 767-778.

Sundara Rajan, M. (2007) Intellectual property law and political transformation: post-socialist reform in Central and Eastern Europe. In: Westkamp, G. (ed.) Emerging Issues In Intellectual Property, Trade, Technology and Market Freedom: Essays in Honour of Herchel Smith. Series: Perspectives in intellectual property law series. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, pp. 203-221. ISBN 9781845427757

Sundara Rajan, M. (2007) Moral rights and forgery. In: Reichelt, G. (ed.) Original und Fälschung: Im Spannungsfeld Von Persönlichkeitsschutz, Urheber-, Marken-und Wettbewerbsrecht: Symposium Wien, 12. Mai 2006. Series: Schriftenreihe des Ludwig Boltzmann Institutes für Europarecht (15). Manz: Vienna, pp. 71-96. ISBN 9783214113667

2006

Sundara Rajan, M. (2006) Copyright and free speech in transition: the Russian experience. In: Griffiths, J. and Suthersanen, U. (eds.) Copyright and Free Speech: Comparative and International Analyses. Oxford University Press: Oxford, pp. 315-355. ISBN 9780199276042

Sundara Rajan, M. (2006) Digital Learning in India: Problems and Prospects. Working Paper. Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

2005

Sundara Rajan, M. (2005) The artist in a global village: harmonization and arts law in the UK. Media and Arts Law Review, 10(2), pp. 151-160.

Sundara Rajan, M. (2005) The 'new listener' and the virtual performer: the need for a new approach to performers' rights. In: Geist, M. (ed.) In the Public Interest: The Future Of Canadian Copyright Law. Irwin Law/Creative Commons: Toronto, Canada, pp. 309-330. ISBN 9781552211137

2004

Sundara Rajan, M. (2004) Moral rights in information technology: a new kind of 'personal right'? International Journal of Law and Information Technology , 12(1), pp. 32-54. (doi:10.1093/ijlit/12.1.32)

2003

Sundara Rajan, M. (2003) Moral rights in developing countries: the example of India, part II. Journal of Intellectual Property Rights, 8(6), pp. 449-461.

Sundara Rajan, M. (2003) Moral rights in developing countries:the example of India, part 1. Journal of Intellectual Property Rights, 8(5), pp. 357-374.

Sundara Rajan, M. (2003) Challenges for legislation and the courts. Media and Arts Law Review, 8(4), pp. 339-351.

2002

Sundara Rajan, M. (2002) Internet and the dynamics of legal change in Russia: domain names, cyber-squatting, and Cyrillic script. Domain Names Quarterly, pp. 36-39.

Sundara Rajan, M. (2002) A time of change in the United Kingdom. Media and Arts Law Review, 7(3), pp. 241-248.

Sundara Rajan, M. T. (2002) Moral rights in the digital age: new possibilities for the democratisation of culture. International Review of Law, Computers and Technology, 16(2), pp. 187-197. (doi:10.1080/1360086022000003991)

2001

Sundara Rajan, M. (2001) The implications of international copyright law for cultural diversity policies. In: Bennett, T. (ed.) Differing Diversities: Transversal Study on the Theme of Cultural Policy and Cultural Diversity. Council of Europe Publishing: Strasbourg, pp. 135-154. ISBN 9789287146496

Sundara Rajan, M. (2001) Progress for international marks in Russia: the Bud case. Trademark World, 140(12),

Sundara Rajan, M. (2001) Moral rights and the protection of cultural heritage: Amar Nath Sehgal v Union of India. International Journal of Cultural Property, 10(1), pp. 79-94. (doi:10.1017/S0940739101771226)

Sundara Rajan, M. (2001) Moral rights in the public domain: copyright matters in the poetical works of Indian national poet C. Subramania Bharati. Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, pp. 161-195.

Sundara Rajan, M. (2001) The past and future of privacy in Russia. Review of Central and East European Law, 27(4), pp. 625-638.

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Number of items: 31.

Articles

Sundara Rajan, M. (2012) At the frontiers of law-making: copyright and the protection of culture in India. World Intellectual Property Organisation Journal, 4(1), pp. 111-120.

Sundara Rajan, M. (2011) Creative commons: America's moral rights? Fordham Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Journal, 21, pp. 905-969.

Sundara Rajan, M. (2009) The lessons of the past: C Subramania Bharati and the nationalization of copyright. Script-ed, 6(2), pp. 201-206.

Sundara Rajan, M. (2007) Center Stage: Performers and their moral rights in the WPPT. Case Western Reserve Law Review, 57(4), pp. 767-778.

Sundara Rajan, M. (2005) The artist in a global village: harmonization and arts law in the UK. Media and Arts Law Review, 10(2), pp. 151-160.

Sundara Rajan, M. (2004) Moral rights in information technology: a new kind of 'personal right'? International Journal of Law and Information Technology , 12(1), pp. 32-54. (doi:10.1093/ijlit/12.1.32)

Sundara Rajan, M. (2003) Moral rights in developing countries: the example of India, part II. Journal of Intellectual Property Rights, 8(6), pp. 449-461.

Sundara Rajan, M. (2003) Moral rights in developing countries:the example of India, part 1. Journal of Intellectual Property Rights, 8(5), pp. 357-374.

Sundara Rajan, M. (2003) Challenges for legislation and the courts. Media and Arts Law Review, 8(4), pp. 339-351.

Sundara Rajan, M. (2002) Internet and the dynamics of legal change in Russia: domain names, cyber-squatting, and Cyrillic script. Domain Names Quarterly, pp. 36-39.

Sundara Rajan, M. (2002) A time of change in the United Kingdom. Media and Arts Law Review, 7(3), pp. 241-248.

Sundara Rajan, M. T. (2002) Moral rights in the digital age: new possibilities for the democratisation of culture. International Review of Law, Computers and Technology, 16(2), pp. 187-197. (doi:10.1080/1360086022000003991)

Sundara Rajan, M. (2001) Progress for international marks in Russia: the Bud case. Trademark World, 140(12),

Sundara Rajan, M. (2001) Moral rights and the protection of cultural heritage: Amar Nath Sehgal v Union of India. International Journal of Cultural Property, 10(1), pp. 79-94. (doi:10.1017/S0940739101771226)

Sundara Rajan, M. (2001) Moral rights in the public domain: copyright matters in the poetical works of Indian national poet C. Subramania Bharati. Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, pp. 161-195.

Sundara Rajan, M. (2001) The past and future of privacy in Russia. Review of Central and East European Law, 27(4), pp. 625-638.

Books

Sundara Rajan, M. (2013) Intellectual Property in Eastern Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States. LexisNexis Electronic Publications. ISBN 9780769870229

Sundara Rajan, M. (2011) Moral Rights: Principles, Practice and New Technology. Oxford University Press: Oxford. ISBN 9780195390315

Book Sections

Sundara Rajan, M. (2013) Tradition and change: the past and future of Athors' moral rights. In: Takenaka, T. (ed.) Intellectual Property In Common Law And Civil Law. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, pp. 123-146. ISBN 9780857934369

Sundara Rajan, M. (2012) Moral rights or economic rights? In: Wilkof, N. and Basheer, S. (eds.) Overlapping Intellectual Property Rights. Oxford University Press: Oxford, pp. 209-230. ISBN 9780199696444

Sundara Rajan, M. (2010) Culture matters: why Canada's proposed amendments to its copyright law should revisit moral rights. In: Geist, M. (ed.) From 'Radical Extremism' to 'Balanced Copyright': Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda. Irwin Law: Toronto, Canada, pp. 476-499. ISBN 9781552212042

Sundara Rajan, M. (2008) Strange bedfellows: law and culture in the digital age. In: Anheier, H. and Isar, R. (eds.) Cultural Economy. Series: Cultures and Globalization Series, 2 (2). Sage: London, pp. 67-82. ISBN 9781412934749

Sundara Rajan, M. (2007) Intellectual property law and political transformation: post-socialist reform in Central and Eastern Europe. In: Westkamp, G. (ed.) Emerging Issues In Intellectual Property, Trade, Technology and Market Freedom: Essays in Honour of Herchel Smith. Series: Perspectives in intellectual property law series. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, pp. 203-221. ISBN 9781845427757

Sundara Rajan, M. (2007) Moral rights and forgery. In: Reichelt, G. (ed.) Original und Fälschung: Im Spannungsfeld Von Persönlichkeitsschutz, Urheber-, Marken-und Wettbewerbsrecht: Symposium Wien, 12. Mai 2006. Series: Schriftenreihe des Ludwig Boltzmann Institutes für Europarecht (15). Manz: Vienna, pp. 71-96. ISBN 9783214113667

Sundara Rajan, M. (2006) Copyright and free speech in transition: the Russian experience. In: Griffiths, J. and Suthersanen, U. (eds.) Copyright and Free Speech: Comparative and International Analyses. Oxford University Press: Oxford, pp. 315-355. ISBN 9780199276042

Sundara Rajan, M. (2005) The 'new listener' and the virtual performer: the need for a new approach to performers' rights. In: Geist, M. (ed.) In the Public Interest: The Future Of Canadian Copyright Law. Irwin Law/Creative Commons: Toronto, Canada, pp. 309-330. ISBN 9781552211137

Sundara Rajan, M. (2001) The implications of international copyright law for cultural diversity policies. In: Bennett, T. (ed.) Differing Diversities: Transversal Study on the Theme of Cultural Policy and Cultural Diversity. Council of Europe Publishing: Strasbourg, pp. 135-154. ISBN 9789287146496

Edited Books

Sundara Rajan, M., (Ed.) (2012) Moral Rights in the Russian Civil Code. Series: Intellectual Property: Eastern Europe and the CIS. Oxford University Press: New York, NY.

Research Reports or Papers

Sundara Rajan, M. (2008) Intellectual Property and Aboriginal Peoples: Conflict or Compromise? Working Paper. Scow Institute, Vancouver B.C., Canada.

Sundara Rajan, M. (2008) Moral Rights in India. Project Report. Waseda University, Japan.

Sundara Rajan, M. (2006) Digital Learning in India: Problems and Prospects. Working Paper. Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

This list was generated on Tue Jun 30 08:46:51 2015 BST.