Professor Kathy   Bowrey
Professor

Professor Kathy Bowrey

Doctor of Juridical Studies (SJD), University of Sydney 1994. Dissertation Title: Don't Fence Me In. The Many Histories of Copyright.

BA LLB Macquarie University 1988; Admitted as a Solicitor, Supreme Court of NSW, 1989.

Law & Justice
School of Law, Society & Criminology

Dr Kathy Bowrey is a Professor in the Faculty of Law, UNSW, Sydney. She is a legal historian and socio-legal researcher whose research explores laws and practices that inform knowledge creation and the production, distribution and reception of technology and culture. Her primary expertise relates to intellectual property, information technology regulation, regulatory theory, media practice, business history, feminist scholarship and a concern for Indigenous rights. She has a strong interest in higher education research policy and research management. She has acted as a Consultant to the Council of Australian Law Deans (CALD) concerning research assessment exercises in law. She was a member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts (2018-2020).

Professor Bowrey is a foundation member of the International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property established in 2008 and and she became the Co-Director in 2019. This organisation sprang from international interest across law, humanities and the sciences to foster intellectual property research and better communication across national and disciplinary boundaries. She is a Visiting Scholar at the State Library of New South Wales (2021) and a Research Fellow at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Australia.

Phone
+61 2 9385 9625
Location
Room 236 The Law Building University of New South Wales UNSW Kensington Campus Sydney NSW 2052 Australia (Access via Gate 2 off High Street)
  • Books | 2021
    Bowrey K; Handler M; Nicol D; Nielsen J; Weatherall K, 2021, Australian Intellectual Property: Commentary, Law and Practice, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, https://www.oup.com.au/books/higher-education/law/9780190326456-australian-intellectual-property
    Books | 2020
    Bowrey K, 2020, Copyright, Creativity, Big Media and Cultural Value: Incorporating the Author, Routledge, London, https://www.routledge.com/Copyright-Creativity-Big-Media-and-Cultural-Value-Incorporating-the-Author/Bowrey/p/book/9780367192068
    Books | 2015
    Bowrey K; Handler M; Nicol D; Weatherall K, 2015, Australian Intellectual Property: Commentary, Law and Practice, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, https://www.oup.com.au/books/higher-education/law/9780195598469-australian-intellectual-property
    Books | 2010
    Bowrey K; Handler M; Nicol D, 2010, Australian Intellectual Property: Commentary, Law and Practice, Oxford University Press, Melbourne
    Books | 2005
    Bowrey KA, 2005, Law & Internet Cultures, 1st, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne
  • Book Chapters | 2021
    Bowrey K, 2021, 'Copyright Law: Philosophy, Legislative History and Basic Principles’', in Bowrey K; Handler M; Nicol D; Nielsen J; Weatherall K (ed.), Australian IP. Commentary, Law and Practice, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, pp. 20 - 38, https://www.oup.com.au/books/higher-education/law/9780190326456-australian-intellectual-property
    Book Chapters | 2021
    Bowrey K, 2021, 'On Law, Law Schools and Law Reform: Honouring Emerita Professor Jill McKeough', in A Feminist Festschrift in Honour of Professor Jill McKeough, Federation Press, Australia, pp. 1 - 20, https://federationpress.com.au/product/feminist-perspectives-on-law-law-schools-and-law-reform/
    Book Chapters | 2020
    Bowrey K, 2020, '‘“The Berne Convention is our ideal” — Hall Caine, Canadian Copyright and the natural rights of authors after 1886’', in Austin G; Richardson M; Kenyon A; Christie A (ed.), Across Intellectual Property Essays in Honour of Sam Ricketson, Cambridge University Press, pp. 102 - 115, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/9781108750066
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Bowrey K; Graham N, 2017, 'The Placelessness of Property, Intellectual Property and Cultural Heritage Law in the Australian Legal Landscape', in Logan W; Antons C (ed.), Intellectual Property, Cultural Property and Intangible Cultural Heritage, Taylor & Francis
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Bowrey KA, 2016, 'Law, Aesthetics and Copyright Historiography: A Critical Reading of the Genealogies of Martha Woodmansee and Mark Rose', in Alexander I; Gomez-Arostegui T (ed.), Research Handbook on the History of Copyright Law, Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 27 - 52
    Book Chapters | 2014
    Bowrey KA; Handler M, 2014, 'Instituting Copyright: Reconciling Copyright Law and Industry Practice in the Australian Film and Television Sector', in Bowrey KA; Handler M (ed.), Law and Creativity in the Age of the Entertainment Franchise, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 140 - 169, http://www.cambridge.org/au/academic/subjects/law/intellectual-property/law-and-creativity-age-entertainment-franchise?format=HB
    Book Chapters | 2014
    Bowrey KA; Handler M, 2014, 'Franchise Dynamics, Creativity and the Law', in Bowrey K; Handler M (ed.), Law and Creativity in the Age of the Entertainment Franchise, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 3 - 26, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139626781.002
    Book Chapters | 2014
    Bowrey KA; Salter B, 2014, 'Dramatic copyright and the Disneyfication of theatre space', in Bowrey K; Handler M (ed.), Law and Creativity in the Age of the Entertainment Franchise, Cambridge University Press, pp. 123 - 139, http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/law/intellectual-property/law-and-creativity-age-entertainment-franchise
    Book Chapters | 2014
    Bowrey K, 2014, 'Commentary: Kartinyerri', in Douglas H; Bartlett F; Luker T; Hunter R (ed.), Australian Feminist Judgments : Righting and Re-Writing Law, Federation Press, Australia, pp. 41 - 45
    Book Chapters | 2012
    Bowrey K, 2012, 'The manufacture of 'authentic' buzz and the legal relations of MasterChef', in Amateur Media: Social, Cultural and Legal Perspectives, pp. 73 - 93, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203112021
    Book Chapters | 2012
    Bowrey K, 2012, 'The manufacture of ‘authentic’ buzz and the legal relations of MasterChef', in Amateur Media: Social, cultural and legal perspectives, pp. 73 - 93, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203112021-15
    Book Chapters | 2012
    Bowrey KA, 2012, 'The World Daguerreotyped – What a Spectacle! Copyright law, photography and the economic mission of Empire', in Sherman B; Wiseman L (ed.), Copyright and the Challenge of the New, edn. Original, Wolters Kluwer, pp. 11 - 42
    Book Chapters | 2012
    Bowrey KA, 2012, 'International Trade in Indigenous Cultural Heritage: An Australian Perspective', in Graber CB; Kuprecht K; Lai JC (ed.), International Trade In Indigenous Cultural Heritage: Legal and Policy Issues, edn. Original, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, pp. 396 - 438, http://www.e-elgar.com/bookentry_main.lasso?id=14627
    Book Chapters | 2012
    Bowrey KA, 2012, 'The Manufacture of Authentic Buzz', in Hunter D; Lobato R; Richardson M; Thomas J (ed.), Amateur Media: Social, cultural and legal perspectives, edn. Original, Taylor & Francis Group, pp. 73 - 93, http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415782654/
    Book Chapters | 2011
    Bowrey KA, 2011, 'Indigenous Culture, Knowledge and Intellectual Property', in Bowrey K; Handler M; Nicol D (ed.), Emerging Challenges in Intellectual Property, edn. Original, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, pp. 46 - 67, http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/Law/IntellectualProperty/IntellectualProperty/?view=usa&ci=9780195575125roperty/?view=usa&sf=toc&ci=9780195575125
    Book Chapters | 2010
    Bowrey KA, 2010, 'On clarifying the role of originality and fair use in 19th century UK jurisprudence: appreciating ‘the humble grey which emerges as the result of long controversy', in Bently L; Ng C; Agostino GD (ed.), The Common Law Of Intellectual Property: Essays in Honour of Prof David Vaver, edn. Original, Hart Publishing, Oxford, UK, pp. 45 - 69
    Book Chapters | 2007
    Bowrey KA, 2007, 'What are you missing out on? Big Media, Broadcasting, Copyright and Access to Innovation', in Kenyon AT (ed.), TV Futures: Digital Television Policy in Australia, edn. Original, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, pp. 135 - 165
    Book Chapters | 2007
    Bowrey KA, 2007, 'Fertile Ground: Law, Innovation and Creative Technologies', in McMillan F (ed.), New Directions in Copyright Law Vol 5, edn. Original, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, pp. 162 - 196
    Book Chapters | 2006
    Bowrey KA, 2006, 'The New, the Bad, the Hot, the fad - popular music, technology and the culture of freedom', in Macmillan F (ed.), New Directions in Copyright Law: Volume 2, edn. 2, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham UK, pp. 262 - 271
    Book Chapters | 2005
    Bowrey KA, 2005, 'Can we afford to think about copyright in a global marketplace?', in Macmillan F (ed.), New Directions in Copyright Law: Volume 1, edn. Original, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, pp. 51 - 69
    Book Chapters | 2002
    Bowrey KA, 2002, 'Who`s Painting Copyright`s History?', in McLean D; Schubert K (ed.), Dear Images: Art, Copyright and Culture, edn. 1, Ridinghouse and Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK, pp. 256 - 274
  • Edited Books | 2021
    Bowrey K, (ed.), 2021, A Feminist Festschrift in Honour of Professor Jill McKeough, Federation Press, Australia
    Edited Books | 2015
    Bowrey KA; Handler M; Nicol D; Weatherall K, (eds.), 2015, Australian Intellectual Property: Commentary, Law and Practice, Oxford University Press, Australia, http://www.oup.com.au/titles/higher_ed/law/academic__and__reference/9780195598469
    Edited Books | 2014
    Bowrey KA; Handler M, (ed.), 2014, Law and Creativity in the Age of the Entertainment Franchise, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, http://www.cambridge.org/au/academic/subjects/law/intellectual-property/law-and-creativity-age-entertainment-franchise?format=HB&isbn=9781107039896
    Edited Books | 2011
    Bowrey KA; Handler M; Nicol D, (eds.), 2011, Emerging Challenges in Intellectual Property, Oxford University Press, Melbourne
    Edited Books | 2010
    Bowrey KA; Handler M; Nicol D, (eds.), 2010, Australian Intellectual Property Law. Commentary, Law & Practice, Oxford University Press, Melbourne
    Edited Books | 2007
    Bowrey K; McKeough J; Griffith P, (eds.), 2007, Intellectual Property: Commentary and Materials, 3, Law Book Co., Sydney
    Edited Books | 2006
    MacMillan F; Bowrey KA, (ed.), 2006, New Directions in Copyright Law Vol 3, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK
    Edited Books | 2002
    Bowrey K; McKeough J; Griffith P, (eds.), 2002, Intellectual Property: Commentary and Materials, 3, Law Book Co., Sydney
  • Journal articles | 2021
    Bowrey K, 2021, 'Book Review: Macmillan, Fiona, Intellectual and Cultural Property: Between Market and Community', Modern Law Review, https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-2230.12656
    Journal articles | 2018
    Bellido J; Bowrey K, 2018, 'Disney in Spain (1930–1935)', Business History, vol. 60, pp. 1275 - 1305, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2017.1299129
    Journal articles | 2016
    Bowrey KA, 2016, 'Speaking of Us, About Us and For Us: The Teleology of the Copy and The Colonial Archive', Law&History, vol. 2016, pp. 132 - 161
    Journal articles | 2016
    Bowrey KA, 2016, 'Book review of Tiffany Jenkins, Keeping their Marbles. How the treasures of the past ended up in museums … and why they should stay there', Indigenous Law Bulletin, vol. 25, pp. 20 - 21
    Journal articles | 2014
    Bellido J; Bowrey K, 2014, 'From the Author to the Proprietor: Newspaper Copyright and The Times (1842–1956)', Journal of Media Law, vol. 6, pp. 206 - 233, http://dx.doi.org/10.5235/17577632.6.2.206
    Journal articles | 2013
    Bowrey KA, 2013, 'Audit Culture: Why Law Journals are Ranked and What Impact This Has on the Discipline of Law Today', Legal Education Review, vol. 23, pp. 291 - 312, http://www.ler.edu.au/
    Journal articles | 2011
    Bowrey KA, 2011, 'The New Intellectual Property: Celebrity, fans and the properties of the entertainment franchise', Griffith Law Review, vol. 20, pp. 188 - 210
    Journal articles | 2011
    Bowrey KA, 2011, 'Law and its confinement: Reflections on Trevor Nickolls' 'brush with the lore'', Griffith Law Review, vol. 20, pp. 729 - 750, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=757816869000477;res=IELHSS
    Journal articles | 2010
    Bowrey KA, 2010, 'Why global regulation of ICT needs to be taken more seriously', Transnational Legal Theory, vol. 1, pp. 459 - 474
    Journal articles | 2010
    Bowrey KA, 2010, 'Economic rights, culture claims and a culture of piracy in the Indigenous art market: what should we expect from the western legal system', Australian Indigenous Law Review, vol. 13, pp. 35 - 58
    Journal articles | 2009
    Bowrey KA; Anderson JE, 2009, 'The politics of global information sharing: Whose cultural agendas are being advanced?', Social and Legal Studies, vol. 18, pp. 479 - 504, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0964663909345095
    Journal articles | 2009
    Bowrey KA; Bond CM, 2009, 'Copyright and the fourth estate: Does copyright support a sustainable and reliable public domain of news?', Intellectual Property Quarterly, pp. 399 - 427
    Journal articles | 2009
    Bowrey KA, 2009, 'Book Review: The True History of Copyright: the Australian Experience 1905-2005 by Benedict Atkinson', Media and Arts Law Review, vol. 14, pp. 96 - 100
    Journal articles | 2009
    Bowrey KA; Fowell NJ, 2009, 'Digging up fragments and building IP franchises', Sydney Law Review, vol. 31, pp. 185 - 210, http://www.law.usyd.edu.au/slr/
    Journal articles | 2009
    Bowrey KA, 2009, 'Book Review:The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It', Political Quarterly, vol. 80, pp. 153 - 156
    Journal articles | 2007
    Bowrey KA, 2007, 'Book Review: Internet politics: States, citizens, and new communication technologies', International History Review, vol. 29, pp. 935 - 937
    Journal articles | 2007
    Bowrey KA, 2007, 'Book Review: Andrew Chadwick, Internet Politics: State, Citizens and New Communicative Technologies', International History Review, vol. 29, pp. 935 - 937
    Journal articles | 2007
    Bowrey KA, 2007, 'Can a Public-Minded Copyight Deliver a more Democratic Internet?', UNB Law Journal, vol. 56, pp. 26 - 35
    Journal articles | 2006
    Bowrey KA, 2006, 'Alternative intellectual property? Indigenous Protocols, Copyleft and new Juridifications of customary practices', Macquarie Law Journal, vol. 6, pp. 65 - 95
    Journal articles | 2005
    Bowrey K; Rimmer M, 2005, 'Rip, Mix, Burn: The politics of peer to peer and copyright law (originally published in August 2002)', First Monday, http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/fm.v0i0.1456
    Journal articles | 2005
    Bowrey K; Rimmer M, 2005, 'Rip, mix, burn: The politics of peer to peer and copyright law', First Monday, vol. 10
    Journal articles | 2005
    Bowrey K; Rimmer M, 2005, 'Rip, Mix, Burn: The politics of peer to peer and copyright law', First Monday, vol. 1
    Journal articles | 2005
    Bowrey KA, 2005, 'Who writes the communication rules that underpin internet legal practice?', Internet Law Bulletin, vol. 8, pp. 49 - 52
    Journal articles | 2002
    Bowrey K; Rimmer M, 2002, 'Rip, mix, burn: The politics of peer to peer and copyright law', First Monday, vol. 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/fm.v7i8.974
    Journal articles | 2002
    Bowrey K, 2002, 'The ideal framework for academic authors? a bounty to genius and learning', Australian Academic and Research Libraries, vol. 33, pp. 223 - 233, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00048623.2002.10755203
    Journal articles | 2002
    Bowrey KA; Rimmer M, 2002, 'Rip, Mix, Burn: The Politics of Peer to Peer', First Monday: Peer Refereed Journal on the Internet, vol. 7
    Journal articles | 2002
    Bowrey KA, 2002, 'The Ideal Copyright Framework for Authors? A Bounty to Genius and Learning', Australian Academic and Research Libraries, vol. 32, pp. 223 - 233
    Journal articles | 2001
    Bowrey KA, 2001, 'The Outer Limits of Copyright Law - where law meets philosophy and culture', Law and Critique, vol. 12, pp. 75 - 98
    Journal articles | 2001
    Bowrey KA, 2001, 'Retrospective Futures? Law, technology and copyright control in cyberspace', Media and Arts Law Review, pp. 181 - 191
  • Reports | 2022
    Alexander I; Bowrey K; Handler M; Giblin R; Weatherall K, 2022, Submission to Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications Consultation on the Exposure Draft of the Copyright Amendment (Access Reform) Bill 2021
    Reports | 2021
    Bowrey K; Handler M; Aoun F, 2021, Submission to IP Australia’s Indigenous Knowledge Consultation Paper
    Reports | 2019
    Bhathela N; Bennett Moses L; Zalnieriute M; Clarke R; Manwaring K; Bowrey K; Bell F; Kearnes M, 2019, Response to ‘Artificial Intelligence: Governance and Leadership’ White Paper Consultation by Australian Human Rights Commission, http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3352329
    Reports | 2018
    Alexander I; Bowrey KA; Giblin R; Handler M; McKeough J; Pappalardo K; Ricketson S; Suzor N; Weatherall K, 2018, Submission to the Department of Communications and the Arts, Copyright Modernisation Consultation, https://www.communications.gov.au/sites/g/files/net301/f/submissions/alexander_et_al.pdf
    Other | 2016
    Bowrey K; Handler M, 2016, 'Medicare Logo Case Shows the Urgent Need to Update Australia's IP Laws', The Conversation, 30 November 2016, https://theconversation.com/medicare-logo-case-shows-the-urgent-need-to-update-australias-ip-laws-69458
    Reports | 2016
    Bowrey KA, 2016, Book review of Tiffany Jenkins, Keeping their Marbles. How the treasures of the past ended up in museums … and why they should stay there
    Reports | 2016
    Bowrey KA; Alexander I; Bond C; Burrell R; Greenleaf G; Handler M; Nicol D; Neilsen J; Weatherall K, 2016, Submission 505 to Productivity Commission, Intellectual Property Arrangements: Draft Report, http://www.pc.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/201520/subdr505-intellectual-property.pdf
    Reports | 2016
    Weatherall K; Bowrey KA; Handler M; Alexander I, 2016, Submission to Department of Communications on exposure draft of the Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill 2016 (Cth)
    Reports | 2016
    Bowrey KA, 2016, Assessment of law journal rankings and methodologies adopted by eight law schools 2016,, Council of Australian Law Deans, http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/Delivery.cfm?abstractid=2734017
    Conference Presentations | 2016
    Bond C; Bowrey K, 2016, 'Dramatisation, Film and Performance Rights: Reconciling Nineteenth Century British Law and Business Practice', presented at Australasian IP Academics Conference, University of Western Australia, 03 February 2016
    Reports | 2015
    Bowrey KA, 2015, Productivity Commission, Inquiry Into Australia’s Intellectual Property Arrangements, http://www.pc.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/194752/sub086-intellectual-property.pdf
    Conference Presentations | 2014
    Bond C; Bowrey K, 2014, 'The Mystery of a Hansom Cab: An inquiry into how late 19th century copyright law supported colonial 'Australian' productions', presented at Australia and New Zealand Law and History Conference, University of New England, 10 December 2014
    Conference Presentations | 2013
    Bowrey K; Handler M, 2013, 'Instituting Copyright: Reconciling Copyright Law and Industry Practice in the Buying and Selling of TV Formats', presented at 5th Annual International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property (ISHTIP) Workshop, Cultural Economy and Intellectual Property, Universite Pantheon-Assas (Paris 2), 26 June 2013 - 28 June 2013
    Reports | 2013
    Bowrey KA, 2013, Submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission, Copyright and the Digital Economy: Discussion Paper Public Consultation, 2013, Australia
    Reports | 2013
    Bowrey KA, 2013, Submission 94 to the Australian Law Reform Commission, Copyright and the Digital Economy: Issues Paper Public Consultation, 2013, http://www.alrc.gov.au/inquiries/copyright-and-digital-economy/submissions-received-alrc
    Reports | 2013
    Bowrey KA, 2013, Submission 554 to the Australian Law Reform Commission, Copyright and the Digital Economy: Discussion Paper Public Consultation, 2013, http://www.alrc.gov.au/inquiries/copyright-and-digital-economy/submissions-received-alrc#Dpind
    Reports | 2012
    Bowrey KA, 2012, Submission to the Attorney General’s Department Review of Australian Contracts Law, 19 July 2012, Australia, http://www.ag.gov.au/Consultations/Documents/SubmissionstotheReviewofAustralianContractLaw/Submission%20010%20-%20Contract%20Law%20Review%20-%20Bowrey.pdf
    Reports | 2012
    Bowrey KA, 2012, Assessing Research Performance in the Discipline of Law, 2006-2011., Council of Australian Law Deans, http://www.cald.asn.au/assets/lists/Resources/Prof%20Kathy%20Bowrey%20Research%20Quality%20Report%20to%20CALD.pdf
    Reports | 2012
    Bowrey KA, 2012, Kathy Bowrey, Report to Council of Australian Law Deans, Assessing Research Performance in the Discipline of Law, 2006-2011, Australia
    Preprints |
    Alexander I; Bond C; Bowrey K; Burrell R; Handler M; Greenleaf G; Nicol D; Nielsen JL; Weatherall KG, Submission in Response to the Australian Productivity Commission's Inquiry into IP Arrangements Draft Report, http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2802102

2019 - 2022 Prof Kathy Bowrey; Prof Kimberlee Weatherall; Dr Kylie Pappalardo; Prof Irene Watson; Prof Jill McKeough; Em/Prof Thomas Cochrane, Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant DP200101578 Producing, managing and owning knowledge in the 21st century university

2014 - 2016    Prof Kathy Bowrey, Dr Catherine Bond, Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant DP140100172, Australian Made: A History of Australian Copyright Law and Creator Success 1868-1968

2009 - 2011 Prof Kathy Bowrey, Mr Michael Handler, Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant DP 0985948, Entertainment Rights in the Age of the Franchise: A reappraisal of personality rights under Australian Intellectual Property Laws

Herchel Smith Visitor, Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law/Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, 2016.

Research Visitor, Faculty of Law, Kent University, 2015.

Professor Bowrey is the author of two new monographs.

Copyright, Creativity, Big Media and Cultural Value. Incorporating the Author (Routledge 2021) address big questions about how copyright generated income and how distributions of profits were allocated in the publishing, film and music industries across the 20th century. Authors and artists discussed include Hugh Conway, Fergus Hume, Arthur Conan Doyle, Hall Caine, Dame Nellie Melba, Margaret Atwood, Radiohead and Banksy. The commentary includes discussion of the creation of new formats, the interplay between old media and new technologies, the rise of Hollywood and the implications for playwrights, international copyright reform and cross-industry relations.

Adventures in Childhood. Intellectual Property, Imagination and The Business of Play, co-authored with Dr Jose Bellido,  (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming), traces the commercial empires that have grown up around Alice in Wonderland, Peter Rabbit, Meccano, Felix the Cat, Mickey Mouse, Peter Pan, Eagle Magazine, Davy Crockett, Mr Men, Dr Who, The Magic Roundabout and the Wombles, amongst many others. We consider law as a creative force, an enabler of business, showing how playful conduct came to be overlaid with reference to authorised and unauthorised activity and rights were imagined and reimagined to create the most distinctive features of intellectual property: merchandising and licensing.

Her current research projects include: 

  • David Unaipon and the culture of invention. How did Unaipon exercise his intellectual property rights at a time when there were so few local role models for intellectual property commercialization? How were his efforts impacted by his status as an Aboriginal Australian given the restrictions in civil and political rights in this period? This project is supported by an appointment as a Visiting Scholar (2021) State Library of NSW and Research Fellow at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Australia.
  • Festschrift in Honour of Professor Jill McKeough. Feminist Perspectives on Law, Law Schools and Law Reform: Intellectual Property & Beyond  (Federation Press, forthcoming).
  • Producing, managing and owning knowledge in the 21st century university (2019-2022). (ARC DP200101578): Lead CI Bowrey; Prof Kimberlee Weatherall; Dr Kylie Pappalardo; Prof Irene Watson; Prof Jill McKeough; Em/Prof Thomas Cochrane. The use, creation and dissemination of the products of research is a core function of Australian universities, and critical if research is to have impact in the real world. It is regulated by intellectual property laws, sector-wide grant conditions, licensing agreements with libraries and university policies on intellectual property ownership, authorship, open access and engagement. International law and practice creates another layer of regulation. Navigating this terrain is the responsibility of every academic and manager, but it is a complex, incoherent framework. Mapping it with an eye toward harmonization and coherence will better advance public goals, in particular improve access to research for impact and engagement.