James Leach stud­ied So­cial An­thro­pol­ogy at Man­ches­ter Uni­ver­sity, UK (B.Soc.Sci 1992, PhD 1997). He is Pro­fes­sor of An­thro­pol­ogy at the Uni­ver­sity of Ab­erdeen in Scot­land. His in­ter­ests are in cre­ativ­ity, knowl­edge pro­duc­tion, and own­er­ship; in art, sci­ence and col­lab­o­ra­tion; and in the de­vel­op­ment of new tech­nolo­gies and their im­pli­ca­tions for so­cial form. His pub­lished works have fo­cused on kin­ship and cre­ativ­ity, place/land­scape and art in Papua New Guinea, on cre­ativ­ity and the per­son, in­tel­lec­tual and cul­tural prop­erty, knowl­edge pro­duc­tion and ex­change in cross-cul­tural and cross-dis­ci­pli­nary con­texts, gen­der and free soft­ware, and on the re­la­tion of law (specif­i­cally in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty law) to artis­tic and col­lab­o­ra­tive prac­tice.