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About Me

Tobias Schonwetter is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Intellectual Property Research Unit in South Africa. He studied and practiced law in Germany and San Francisco, U.S.A. and holds Ph.D. and LL.M. degrees (with distinction) from UCT. Tobias' Ph.D. dissertation was on copyright-related issues - with a special focus on copyright exceptions and limitations. He has been awarded with the prestigious UCT Research Fellowship Award for his doctoral studies. Tobias is the legal lead of Creative Commons South Africa as well as a country lead researcher and one of the Principal Investigators for the African Copyright and Access to Knowledge (ACA2K) project.
In addition, he is involved in a number of IP-related projects and research collaborations, for instance with Yale University, the American University in Washington D.C. and the Shuttleworth Foundation in South Africa. Tobias has written numerous articles on copyright law, e.g. in the Southern African Journal of Information and Communication (SAJIC) and for iCommons in his own monthly legal column. Furthermore, he has spoken at various national as well as international conferences. Tobias is a consultant for technology law firm Chetty Law in Johannesburg and a member of the Commonwealth of Learning's (COL) copyright expert group. He manages the law faculty's digital repository 'lawspace'.

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