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Economic Law & Histories of Economic Life


Tuesday, May 18, 2021                                

Fei-Hsien Wang (Indiana University)
Pirates and Publishers: A Social History of Copyright in Modern China (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2020)

Lionel Bently (University of Cambridge)
Copyright, Translations, and Relations between Britain and India in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries

Moderators: Surabhi Ranganathan (Cambridge), Franziska Exeler (Cambridge/FU Berlin)



Fei-Hsien Wang is a historian of Modern China and Associate Professor at the University of Indiana at Bloomington. She is also a research associate at the Centre for History and Economics at the University of Cambridge. Fei-Hsien Wang is the author of Pirates and Publishers: A Social Histoy of Copyright in Modern China, which was published by Princeton University Press in 2019 and which won Peter Gonville Stein Book Award from the American Society for Legal History. The book explores how copyright was understood, appropriated, codified and practiced by the Chinese as a new legal doctrine from the 1890s through the 1950s.

Lionel Bently is the Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property at the University of Cambridge. He is also Co-Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law at Cambridge. Lionel Bently has published extensively on intellectual property law, including on the ways in which copyright law was connected to questions of empire and colonialism in the 19th and early twentieth centuries. He is, among others, the co-author of The Making of Modern Intellectual Property Law, published by Cambridge University Press, and of the standard textbook on Intellectual Property Law, published with Oxford University Press.