Dr Elena Cooper
- Leverhulme Early Career Fellow (School of Law)
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. 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, will follow in 2019
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 was recently appointed 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.
History of artistic copyright, multiple authorship in copyright law, criminal law in intellectual property law