About Us

WIPO Monitor is a project supervised by the Network Communications Governance Lab at McMaster University. Through this site, we seek to research and monitor developments in international copyright policy, as well as provide an informative, critical, and comprehensive venue for readers to discover and keep themselves up-to-date in the affairs of the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Some of the most pressing questions in international IP today include its growing role in developing countries and indigenous communities, and in educational, research, library, archival, and museum organizations.  We ask how the international system might seek to become more responsive to the needs of developing nations, people with disabilities, and educational, research, library, archival, and museum organizations. We feel it is important that these discussions about the future directions of international intellectual property take place in within a context of informed analysis. We also believe that it is paramount that awareness of these discussions be raised among all relevant stakeholders, and not merely among industry professionals.

WIPO Monitor currently focuses on several WIPO committees: the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), the WIPO Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP), the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC), and the WIPO General Assembly. Our goal is to feature practical articles and reviews on WIPO’s agenda and frequent meetings. Our readers seek to more effectively understand the various topics and discussions happening behind WIPO’s doors. While we are interested in a wide variety of IP issues, we tend to focus on copyright provisions, access to knowledge, traditional knowledge and sustainable development.

 Current Contributors:

 SaraBannerman Sara Bannerman Ph.D – Dr Bannerman is an Associate Professor at McMaster University. She is the author of The Struggle for Canadian Copyright: Imperialism to Internationalism, 1842-1971, as well as International Copyright and Access to Knowledge and has published a variety of articles and book chapters on international copyright and international copyright history.
 CharnjotShokar Charnjot Shokar – Charnjot is a Communications and New Media M.A. candidate and a Research Assistant at McMaster University. He completed his B.A. (Hons) at Carleton University in Law, with a Concentration in Law, Policy and Government, and a minor in Communication Studies. His research interests include communications law and policy, media and activism, and sexuality and gender.

Past Contributors:

Coralie Zaza

Karim El-Ziftawi

Sarah James

Nina Chopra

Corbin D. Hatwick

Ryan M. Prance