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p1188522.jpgThis week, LII Director Tom Bruce is in Cape Town, talking about open access to law at the Access to Knowledge (A2K) Global Academy being held at the University of Cape Town.  Bruce is joining colleagues from LexUM, CanLII, and the nascent AfricanLII umbrella organization in presenting an overview of free access to law to a diverse audience of intellectual property law experts, open textbook publishers, and academics studying new business models for the free and open distribution of scientific literature (among others).

It’s a new group of friends for us, and we’re learning a lot from them.  The 40 people present have a stunning range of expertise, ranging from the drafting of international intellectual-property treaties in the realm of biotechnology, to the business structures in use in the African publishing industry, to the economics of copyright as they affect working musicians in Cairo.  They give a view of the effects of open access to information that is wide and deep at global scale, and we’re excited to participate.

Tweets from the conference can be found with hashtag #A2KGA

( pictured from left to right: Darrel Pink (president, CanLII), Mariya Badeva-Bright (AfricanLII), Ivan Mokanov (LexUM), Daniel Poulin (LexUM), and Isabelle Moncion (LexUM))

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