Prof Jane Ginsburg: The Author as Revenue-Sharer, Reflections in Memory of Bill Cornish

12 May 2023


On the 3rd of May, Professor Jane Ginsburg, Morton L. Janklow Professor of Literary and Artistic Property Law at Columbia University, delivered the inaugural LSE Bill Cornish Memorial Lecture: “The Author as Revenue-Sharer – Reflections in Memory of Bill Cornish and his ‘The Author as Risk-Sharer'”. Professor Lionel Bently KC, Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the University of Cambridge, acted as discussant.

 The Bill Cornish Memorial lecture series has been established as an annual event by LSE academics Dr Martin Husovec and Dr Luke McDonagh to honour the late Professor Bill Cornish who passed away in 2022. In the coming years, the lecture series will feature eminent scholars who, like Prof Cornish, have contributed to the study of authorship, creativity, innovation and IP ownership. During the late 1960s Prof Cornish pioneered the teaching of Intellectual Property Law at LSE, becoming the progenitor of intellectual property law scholarship and teaching in the United Kingdom. He spent nearly 30 years at the LSE between 1962 and 1990, from 1970 as a Professor of English Law. His work combined his deep knowledge of English legal history and intellectual property law, with a European and law-in-context outlook on the regulation of markets and technologies.

 The inaugural LSE Bill Cornish Memorial lecture is available to watch here:

or download a pdf of the text here.