Dr Elena Cooper
- Leverhulme Early Career Fellow (School of Law)
CREATe, No. 10 The Square, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8qq
Elena Cooper is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at CREATe, University of Glasgow, having joined CREATe in 2014 as Postdoctoral Researcher in Copyright Law, History and Policy.
Elena’s first monograph – Art and Modern Copyright: The Contested Image (Cambridge University Press, 2018) – provides the first in-depth account of the history of artistic copyright (painting, drawing, engraving and photographs) over a longitudinal period (1850-1911). Based on significant original archival work Art and Modern Copyright uncovers perspectives on copyright that have been long forgotten today, challenging the way we think about copyright and its history. The book was launched in December 2018, with an event at the Victorian Picture Gallery, Royal Holloway, University of London. Art and Modern Copyright was shortlisted by the Society of Legal Scholars for the Birks book prize for outstanding legal scholarship in 2020. A film, produced by Exhibition on Screen, which uses the rich collection of nineteenth century art in the Gallery as a way into copyright history, was due to premiere at the Royal Society of Arts, London in 2020. This has now been postponed due to the Covid pandemic.
Elena is a member of the British Art Network (organised by the Tate to connect specialists in British art) and the Institute of Art and Law. Elena became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2020.
Elena has published a number of articles on the challenges of multiple authorship for copyright law, published in Law and Philosophy (identifying insights for copyright from 20th century institutional art theories), Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA (explaining history of divergence between UK and US) and Social and Legal Studies (original archival work into copyright issues arising from the involvement of thousands of unpaid volunteers in the making of the nineteenth century Oxford English Dictionary and comparing to Wikipedia).
Elena’s work has also been published in Legal Studies (jointly authored with Sheona Burrow, connecting empirical work on the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court today, to the historical experience of photographer litigants in the nineteenth century), as well as in edited anthologies on intellectual property (Landmark Cases in Intellectual Property Law and the Research Handbook on the History of Copyright Law). Elena is co-editor for Britain, Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900) eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org .
In January 2017, Elena began a new three-year research project at CREATe, Glasgow, funded by the Leverhulme Trust and mentored by Lindsay Farmer, uncovering the history of the role of the criminal law in intellectual property law. Before coming to Glasgow, Elena was Orton Fellow in Intellectual Property Law at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Her PhD, on the history of photographic copyright law 1850-1911, was supervised by Lionel Bently at Cambridge University, and was awarded a Yorke Prize by the Faculty of Law, Cambridge, in 2011.
Prior to her time at Cambridge, Elena spent five years working for a City of London law firm and worked as an Associate Solicitor specialising in Intellectual Property litigation gaining a broad experience of IP disputes. This included pharmaceutical patent litigation (infringement and revocation), trade mark and domain name disputes for a leading retail brand, copyright litigation for photographers and IP advice for the offshore shipping industry, and encompassed litigation in the High Court, the UK Trade Marks Registry and the Privy Council. Elena graduated with a first class honours degree in Law from the London School of Economics in 1999 and a distinction in a Master's in Intellectual Property Law from King's College London in 2000 for which she was awarded the Derby/Bryce prize for Law by the University of London.
History of artistic copyright, multiple authorship in copyright law, criminal law in intellectual property law
- Burgess, Janet
'Copyright Law and Amateur Music: Why Social and Commercial Value Diverge'
- Iramina, Aline
Copyright governance by algorithm: Towards a more transparent regime