I have listened to the complete audio and found the public lecture very informative.
The speaker, Andrew A. Adams, has a PhD from University of St Andrews and is currently studying Advanced Legal Studies at the University of Reading and his dissertation will be on
development of European Copyright Law leading to the WIPO treaty and the European Union Copyright Directive.
Several key points:
I echo strongly with the last point. I have, as a joke, said that R & D stands for "repeat and duplicate". There is a lot of truth in that. Our knowledge is built upon experiences and most of the "formal" knowledge are third person experiences - theories and ideas established by others before us. If we need to seek permission to use every of these ideas, how can we become creative?
"If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants." - Issac Newton