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Dr James Griffin

Senior Lecturer

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Dr James GH Griffin's main area of research relates to the impact of Intellectual Property laws upon digital technology. He has published articles on the role of authors in the digital environment, such as The evolution of authorship under technology: implications for copyright law in the IPQ and Copyright in Music in Legal Studies. He has had the vast majority of his articles published on SSRN feature within the SSRN top 10 lists. A monograph is currently in progress looking at the function of creativity within the development of society (Edward Elgar, 2018), and a collection of works with Routledge.

Current research interests include copyright and rationality, copyright and technology, memes and copyright, communicative theory and copyright, art and the law, and interdisciplinary research into creativity. 

Dr Griffin, in conjunction with staff from Exeter, Sussex, Nottingham Ningbo (China), SLM (Singapore) and CUPL (Beijing, China) is currently funded by the AHRC China Digital Copyright and IP Law Research Centre to investigate digital licensing of 3D printed content (£95,709) as cited by the Minister for Intellectual Property. This work is being carried out with BILETA& (www.bileta.ac.uk). Dr Griffin is also funded by the EPSRC/ESRC with colleagues from Sussex, Swansea and Loughborough to look into 3D printing and RDM (c.£57,000). Dr Griffin has previously carried out funded research into copyright reform for BILETA, and into the role of the Digital Copyright Exchange for the SLS. Total research funding stands at £182,444. He is also adminstering the annual BILETA £5000 Google travel fund for PhD students. 

He has provided advice to Guangzhou IP Office, and in the UK has acted as an advisor regarding protection of digital systems in electronic warfare. He has also written a Home Office report. He is currently the treasurer of BILETA, and is a member of the SLS Council. He also acts as the book editor for EJLT (www.ejlt.org). He has featured in the international press for his research. Dr Griffin is also the Director for the link between the Chinese University of Politics and Law, Beijing, and the School of Law, and has helped develop the relationships and placements in Beijing & Shanghai law firms for law school students. He is also responsible for visiting academic positions, as well as being the representative for the library. Requests concerning these areas may be addressed to Dr Griffin. Dr Griffin has also acted as external examiner at the University of Liverpool, the University of Northumbria and Sheffield Hallam University. He currently acts as external examiner at Queen Mary (London), Anglia Ruskin Cambridge, and Bristol University.

Dr Griffin has successfully supervised a number of PhD students to completion on research concerning copyright and databases, and currently supervises several in relation various areas of IP law. He welcomes discussion with any potential PhD students and is willing to give advice with regard to IP PhD applications. He is the deputy director of doctoral studies. He has undertaken external examining of PhDs. 

 Successful Funding:

As a PI (or where relevant, joint PI):

2017 Google - administrator of annual Google travel fund for BILETA conference - £5,000 p.a.

 

2015-2017 AHRC-Newton Fund - 3D printing in China – £97,000 (lead PI)

 

2016 EPSRC (Co-PI) 3D Printing and RDM – c.£57,000

 

2016 Internal University of Exeter Award - to develop impact - £1000

 

2014/5  BILETA – 3D Printing Workshop - £595

 

2012 SLS – Digital Copyright Exchange – £1275

 

2012 EPSRC - The relationship between 3D printing and intellectual property law. With Charlotte Waelde, Liang Hao, Richard Everson £4,046

 

2011 – RIVENTA - A small £400 grant for research into copyright.

 

2011 – EPSRC - Water Recycling in Urban Areas, 2011. With F Memon, S Hughes, N Smirnoff, N Hawkins, S Barr & A Nayak - £5000

 

2011 -  EPSRC “The relations between creativity in mathematical & biological systems, creativity as a mental process, & creativity in the social world.” With Anna Craft, Robin Durie, Pete Ashwin, Ed Keedwell, Katrina Wyatt, Andy Wills, Kerry Chappell, & Varuni Wimalasiri - £5500

 

2011 - BILETA – Copyright Reform – £2939

 

2008 - SELEX - Copyright / Licensing  (Contract Consultancy Research) - £2400

 

2003 - Home Office -  European Procurement Guidelines Project for the National E-Public Procurement Supplier Adoption and Economic Development programme  -£10,000.

 

2002-2005 University of Bristol, Law Department PhD Scholarship Award (Scholarship & GTA)

 

 

Articles: (* = significant pieces)

*“A proposal for a doctrine of Information Justice”[2016] IPQ 44.

 

With Romero-Moreno, F., "The UK's criminal copyright proposals in an era of technological precision", 7 EJLT 2 (2016)

 

 “Exploding cultural regulation: what the memetic can(n)non offers regulators” 20 Communications Law 120 (2015)

 

* “The Future of Technological Law: The Machine State” 28 International Review of Law, Computers and Technology 299 (2014) [in memory of Professor Jon Bing]

 

with Li, P., Mellor, S., Waelde, C., Hao, L., Everson, R., “Intellectual Property and 3D Printing: A case study on 3D chocolate printing” 9 Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice 322 (2014)

 

with Nair, A., “The regulation of pornography: Teleology (in)action” [2013] International Journal of Law and Information Technology 1

 

with Nair, A., “Scientia potentia est: Making threats of copyright infringement”, 27 International Review of Computers, Law and Technology 1 (2013)

 

* “Copyright evolution - Creation, Regulation, and the Decline of Substantively Rational Copyright Law,” Intellectual Property Quarterly [2013] 234

 

* “Making a new copyright economy: A new system parallel to the notion of proprietary exploitation in Copyright” [2013] Intellectual Property Quarterly     69

 

“The Digital Copyright Exchange: Threats and Opportunities” 27 International Review of Computers, Law and Technology 5 (2013)

 

“The nature of the interface between copyright and contract: A new approach” 2(1) European Journal of Law and Technology 5 (2011)

 

* “Copyright in Music: A role for the principles of reverse engineering”, 30 Legal Studies 653 (2010)

 

“300 years of copyright law: Time for a Change?”, 28 John Marshall Journal of Computer and Information Law 1 (2010)

 

“The architecture of copyright law”, [2010] Intellectual Property Quarterly 380

 

 “An historical solution to the legal challenges posed by peer-to-peer file sharing and digital rights management technology”, 15 Communications Law 78 (2010)

 

“The Digital Economy Act 2010 and the impact on semiotic certainty” 24 International Review of Law, Computers and Technology 251 (2010)

 

“The rise of the digital technology ‘meritocracy’: legal rules and their impact” 15(3) Information and Communications Technology Law 211 (2006)

 

“Interactivity and digital works: how legal rules are restricting our ability to use digital works as a communications medium” 20(3) International Review of Law, Computers and Technology 301 (2006)

 

“The ‘secret path’ of Grokster and Corley: Avoiding liability for copyright infringement” 10(5) Communications Law 147 (2005)

 

“The need for a new paradigm in IP Law: A focus on authorship” 14(3) Information and Communications Technology Law 269-278 (2005)

 

“The evolution of authorship under technology: implications for copyright law" Intellectual Property Quarterly (2005) 135-154

 

"Why the European Court of Justice is no longer running wild: The three fears", 1 International Affairs Society Journal 8 (2004) (on-line journal)

 

“Book Review: Harmonizing European Copyright Law: The Challenges of Better Lawmaking” 16 Journal of Computer, Media and Telecommunications Law 43 (2011)

 

“Book Review: Emerging Issues in IP” 14 Journal of Computer, Media and Telecommunications Law 35 (2009)

 

“Book Review: A User’s Guide to Copyright” 11 Journal of Computer, Media and Telecommunications Law 142 (2006)

 

“Book Review: In the Public Interest” 11 Journal of Computer, Media and Telecommunications Law 67-68 (2006)

 

“Book Review: Copyright and Free Speech” 10(4) Journal of Computer, Media and Telecommunications Law 142-143 (2005)

 

“Book Review: Intellectual Property in the new Millennium: Essays in Honour of William R. Cornish” 10 Journal of Computer, Media and Telecommunications Law 106-107 (2005)

 

Books:

 

The State of Creativity: The Future of 3D Printing, 4D Printing and Augmented Reality (Edward Elgar, forthcoming, 2018)

with Chan, Choo and Osuji, Intellectual Property Rights and Emerging Technology: 3D Printing in China (Routledge, forthcoming 2018)

with Nair, A., and Ying, J., “Intellectual Property Law” Hodder Arnold, 2007

 

“Intellectual Property Law Guidebook” ITC, 2007 & 2008 editions (ed.)

 

Other:

With Romero-Moreno, P, and Gillen M., BILETA Response to the Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s ‘Fake news’ inquiry, BILETA, 2017.

 

With Romero-Moreno, P., Consultation Response – BILETA reply to the EC consultation on the evaluation and modernisation of the legal framework for the enforcement of IPRED - 2016

 

With Romero-Moreno, P., Consultation Response – BILETA reply to the Criminal Copyright Provisions – 2015

 

With Osuji, O., Kok, A., Gillies, L., Consultation Response – BILETA reply to the European Commission Public consultation on contract rules for online purchases of digital content and tangible goods  – 2015

 

Contributor to the Copyright User Licensing Pages www.copyrightuser.org – 2014

 

With Mendis, D., Consultation Response – BILETA reply to the EU Copyright Treaty – 2014

 

Advised the Chinese Guangdong Intellectual Property Office about UK law – 2013

 

Response to EC Consultation on Green Paper on the Online Distribution of Audiovisual Works in the European Union: Opportunities and Challenges towards a Digital Single Market, IPFF, 2011.

 

Review of the Digital Economy Act, DASLS, 2010

 

Response to Consultation on legislative options to address illicit P2P file-sharing, 2008.

 

Lutkenhouse, S., Ying, J., "Best Value, EC Treaty and EU Regulations", NePP Supplier Adoption & Economic Development, Home Office (2003)

 

Organiser of numerous talks at the University of Exeter for the SCuLE research group, with many high profile speakers.

 

I have been featured in the Guardian, IT Register and the Daily Dot, as well as numerous international publications.

 

Conference Papers (selected):

 

Licensing of 3DP copyright content, invited lecture to LLM students, Bournemouth University, May 2017

 

3D Printing and Watermarking, SCuLE Staff Seminar, University of Exeter, May 2017.

 

3D Printing and Automated Licensing Systems, BILETA, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal, April 2017.

 

3D Printing and Licensing, China Electronic Information Expo: International Symposium on 3D printing and Internet of Things, Shenzhen, China, April 2017

 

3D Printing - AHRC Project Report, University of Nottingham, February 2017 

 

Tracking Technologies in 3D Printing, Building Digital Identities Workshop, University of Exeter Science Park, February 2017.

 

3D printing and watermarking: FInal Conclusions from the AHRC Project, AHRC 3D Printing in China Conference, Shanghai, December 2016.

 

With Jones, A., The Future of Privacy in a world of 3D printing, IALS, London, 2016.

 

Watermarking and biotech printing, EPSRC Project - Mass customisation governance of re-distributed manufacturing, 1 Kemble Street, London, 2016.

 

The regulation of biotech 3D printing, Taiwan Representative Office UK, London, 2016.

 

The need for a doctrine of information justice, SLS, University of Oxford, 2016.

 

3D printing – the future of dissemination, AHRC Workshop on 3D Printing, University of Nottingham Ningbo, China, 2016.

 

The findings of the AHRC empirical study on automated licensing of 3D printed products in China, University of Nottingham Ningbo, China, 2016.

 

With Li, P., The necessity of ‘privacy justice’ in the era of technological regulation, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, 2016.

 

With Li, P., The regulation of 3D printing in China, Central South University, Changsha, China, 2016

 

The concept of a sui generis right for 3D printing, University of Hertfordshire, 2016

 

The use of technology to regulate Intellectual Property, University of York, 2015

 

The legal challenges of 3D and 4D printing, Dresden University of Technology, Germany, 2015 (invited speaker)

 

Intellectual Property, Regulation and Future of the Internet, University of Exeter, 2015 (invited speaker)

 

The rise of the legal identifier, IBM Showcase, University of Exeter, 2015 (invited speaker)

 

With Hao, L., 3D printing: A case study and watermarking technologies, University of Bournemouth, 2014 (invited speaker)

 

SLS Funded Qualitative Research about the Digital Copyright Exchange, SLS Conference, University of Nottingham, 2014

 

With Mendis, D., BILETA Reply to the EU Consultation on the EU Copyright Treaty, University of East Anglia, 2014

 

Copyright Reform, BILETA, University of Liverpool, 2013

 

A proposal for a new system parallel to the notion of proprietary exploitation in copyright, Society of Legal Scholars, University of Bristol, 2012

 

Too many laws, too few examples: Copyright Evolution, BILETA, University of Northumbria, 2012

 

Copyright Evolution: Creation, Exploitation, Rationalisation, BAAS, University of Manchester, 2012 (invited speaker)

 

Copyrights and Contracts, GikII VI, IT University, Göteborg, Sweden, 2011

 

A uniform test for Intellectual Property, Sheffield Hallam University Staff Seminar, 2010 (invited).

 

Intellectual Property: A unified test? [but with an emphasis on the concept of property and autopoiesis], Jean Monnet Seminar Series in the Information Society, University of Exeter, Jean Monnet Seminar Series in the Information Society, University of Exeter 2010

 

 Rethinking IP theory, Chinese University of Politics and Law, Beijing, 2009 (invited speaker)

 

Age of Digital Convergence, Hong Kong University, 2009 (invited session chair)

 

University of Cambridge Roundtable discussion, University of Cambridge, 2009 (invited participant)

 

International Studies in IP law, Institut fur Geistiges Eigentum, Wettbewerbs und Medienrecht, University of Dresden, Germany, 2009 (invited participant)

 

A new approach for the justification of copyright in the digital era?, GIKIII, Oxford Internet Institute, 2008 (invited speaker)

 

The Role of ‘Ancient Regulation’ in a Copyright LLM Course, European Intellectual Property Teachers Network, University of Newcastle, 2008 (invited speaker, a write up is available at http://www.eiptn.org/workshops/Newcastle%20report.pdf )

 

Copyright: What happened to creativity?, BILETA, Glasgow Caledonian University, 2008

 

Should we have an exemption for transformative works in the Information Society Directive?, BILETA, University of Hertfordshire, 2007

 

Grokster – the end of p2p networks? A practical and theoretical analysis SLS Conference, Keele University, 2006

 

The effect of recent rulings and subpoenas on the use of p2p networks BILETA, University of Malta, Mdina, 2006

 

Why peer to peer file sharing should not be treated as an illegal activity, Intellectual Property Teachers' Workshop, University of Cambridge, 2005.

 

I have also been invited to a number of AHRC and RCUK events concerning discussion about future directions of research funding.  

 

Selected Press Articles about research:

3D printing conference presentation 2017:

http://www.a1126.org/DispOneMessage.asp?txtOrgCode=CCEF&Category=17&ID=CCEF4283996076260&Page=1&from=groupmessage&isappinstalled=0

http://www.chinesetoday.com/big/article/1186030?from=groupmessage&isappinstalled=1

http://pty.52hrtt.com/webservicepage_getInformationPage.do?id=D1491576885981

http://www.premierasp.com/news/whys/516.html

http://www.ljmqc.com/wap/?1198.html

 

 

3D Printing Conference December 2016:

1华人头条

http://www.52hrtt.com//webservicepage_getInformationPage.do?isApp=1&id=D1482402165013&areaId=12&infoCentreId=D1482402165013&flag=1&from=singlemessage&isappinstalled=0

2葡新传媒

http://www.huarenpt.net/article-24022-1.html

3财视澳洲

http://xn--bzw76ce03bj8c.com/html/xwzx/ymzx/7843.html

3香港新闻传媒网

http://www.hongkong-news.com/Html/?4222.html

4日本华商网

http://www.cecjiaren.cn/news/zhzx/1049.html

5俄中新闻资讯网

http://www.0101132.com/news/zhzx/3557.html

6中非日报

http://www.ljmqc.com/news/?1077.html

7东盟华商在线

http://www.bizasean1.com/index.php?c=content&a=show&id=3595

8西非华人在线

http://www.xifeizaixian.com/content/?3007.html

9韩国新华网

http://www.koreaxh.com/html/2016/tbbd_1223/10992.html

10意大利侨网

http://qwitaly.com/portal.php?mod=view&aid=4393

11埃中新闻网

http://www.e-cnews.com/news/?2493.html

12华府网

http://www.chineseindc.com/article-72240-1.html

13欧洲新闻网

http://www.eztv.cc/Item/Show.asp?m=1&d=5880

14捷迅网

http://www.jiexunwang.cn/a/jingcha/qiyezhijia/20161223/16499.html

15金边传媒网

http://www.jinbianwanbao.cn/product/17454.html

16澳门商报网

http://www.macaocp.com/a/xw/gn/2016/1224/60507.html

17世界华人网

http://www.sjhrzk.com/a/xinwen/shehui/2016/1224/27234.html

18迪拜新闻网

http://www.dubainews.cn/kjqy/3966.html

19欧洲新侨网

http://www.new-broad.com/index.php?m=content&c=index&a=show&catid=16&id=998

20泰亚新闻网

http://www.thaiasianews.cn/ppzc/29433.html

 

http://www.hkstv.tv/index/detail/id/47592.html?from=singlemessage&isappinstalled=0 

 

 http://www.hkstv.tv/index/detail/id/47592.html?from=singlemessage&isappinstalled=0

 

Research in China about 3D printing: 

 

http://www.blodico.com/r-0/75882753056e74d23e64d52/universidad-exeter/
http://esciencenews.com/sources/physorg/2016/03/14/new.study.tackle.piracy.issues.caused.growing.use.3.d.printers
http://phys.org/news/2016-03-tackle-piracy-issues-d-printers.html
http://production.electronicspecifier.com/3d-printing/study-tackles-piracy-issues-caused-by-the-use-of-3d-printers
http://edgcnews.com/investigadores-desarrollaran-un-sistema-anti-pirateria-por-las-impresiones-en-3d/
http://diariodecampeche.com/archivos/89091
https://www.politicshome.com/document/press-release/university-bath/new-study-tackle-piracy-issues-caused-growing-use-3d-printers
http://maker8.com/article-6088-1.html
http://3dprint.ofweek.com/2016-03/ART-132106-8130-29080441.html
http://www.mw35.com/Article/NewsItem/15469
http://tec.ianjia.com/tech/232490.html

 Research about the Digital Economy Bill 2016:

 http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2015/08/10-year-jail-sentence-for-online-piracy-infeasible-unaffordable-say-academics/


http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/08/18/you_simply_cant_jail_online_pirates_for_10_years_legal_eagles_warn_governement/

http://americans.org/2015/08/17/uk-proposes-jail-sentences-for-file-sharers-that-are-longer-than-those-of-rapists/

http://www.eteknix.com/lawyers-tell-uk-government-cant-jail-online-pirates-10-years/

http://www.theicarusnetwork.net/uk-government-you-cant-jail-online-pirates-for-10-years/

http://www.techeye.net/news/camerons-lock-up-pirates-law-is-risky

http://www.itproportal.com/2015/08/18/legal-eagles-warn-the-uk-govt-they-cannot-jail-online-pirates-for-10-years/

http://itsensei.co.uk/14442/camerons-lock-up-pirates-law-is-risky

 

Other research:

 http://www.dailydot.com/business/a-plus-ashton-kutcher-stolen-content/ 

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/jul/15/us-chamber-commerce-lobbies-against-class-actions-uk-courts 

http://www.musiquista.com/blog 

http://www.ipkitten.blogspot.com