Is copyright the ‘elephant in the room’ these days?1 Do issues concerning intellectual property (IP) protection come up in an ever-increasing number of both discourses and popular practices involving culture and cultural heritage? This volume of essays argues that this is indeed the case. Its contributors are scholars from both the humanities and the social sciences – from cultural studies to law – as well as cultural practitioners and representatives from cultural heritage institutions who share an interest in the contribution of IP to the role of these institutions in making culture accessible and encouraging new creativity.