Dr Catherine Seville
Dr Catherine Seville is University Senior Lecturer in Law, and currently Vice-Principal and Director of Studies in Law at Newnham. With a first degree in music and then a Cambridge degree in English, when she turned to law a special interest in copyright seemed natural. Her first book, Literary copyright reform in early Victorian England, was published in the Cambridge Studies in English Legal History series. Her next book, The Internationalisation of Copyright Law: Books, Buccaneers and the Black Flag in the Nineteenth Century was published in the Cambridge Studies in Intellectual Property Rights Series (2006). It was awarded the Yorke Prize. Her article ‘Peter Pan’s rights: “to die will be an awfully big adventure”’ won the Seaton Award 2004, given by the Copyright Society of the USA. She continues to enjoy inter-disciplinary work: such as ‘Edward Bulwer Lytton dreams of copyright: “It might make me a rich man.”’, in Francis O’Gorman (ed.), Victorian Literature and Finance (Oxford University Press, 2007). Her chapter on copyright is in the latest volume of the Cambridge History of the Book in Britain (Volume 6, 1830-1914), published by Cambridge University Press in March 2009. 'Novelists, literary property, and copyright', a chapter in the Oxford History of the Novel in English, Volume 4 1880-1940 appeared in early 2011.
American copyright history is a particular interest. See, for example, 'Authors as Copyright Campaigners: Mark Twain's Legacy' (2008) 55 Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA 283-359. Provoked by the Google Library controversy, it considers the role and influence of authors and authors' organisations in copyright reform. A further article, '19th-century Anglo-US copyright relations: the language of piracy versus the moral high ground', has recently been published in Lionel Bently, Jennifer Davis, Jane C. Ginsburg (eds.) Copyright and piracy: an interdisciplinary critique (Cambridge University Press, 2010).
Dr Seville’s research interests also include intellectual property law in the European Union. Her book EU Intellectual Property Law and Policy was published by Edward Elgar in early 2009. An article, 'Developments (and Non-Developments) in the Harmonisation of EU Intellectual Property Law' appeared in the Cambridge Yearbook of European Law 11 (2008-9) 87-121. She is the regular contributor for European Community Intellectual Property matters to the International and Comparative Law Quarterly, and for UK copyright matters to the Revue Internationale du Droit D’auteur
Recent conference papers include, 'The Statute of Anne: rhetoric and reception in the nineteenth century' given at The ©©© Conference: Celebrating Copyright's tri-Centennial (Symposium by the University of Houston Law Center’s Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law, June 2010), published in (2010) 47(4) Houston Law Review 819-875. A paper, 'The Statute of Anne: its legal legacy', was given at the Stationers' Company Event, Copyright in the Digital Age: Industry issues and impacts (Stationers Hall, London, November 2010).