(21/04/2005). i-DAT will be organising a postgraduate symposium at SUBMERGE this year (30th June – 2nd July) in Bristol. The theme will be issues related to intellectual property. Issues around intellectual property are a key concern for graduates – perhaps more than ever at this juncture. Engaging with this topic reveals a range of tensions between the idealism of work entering the public domain and the pragmatics of making a living: between open source and proprietary interests. On the one hand, there is the idea that creativity and innovation thrives from the sharing of ideas in the ‘commons’ and on the other that certain protections are necessary to protect individual and collective interests. Discussion around these issues raises key issues for those in academia, commerce, research and art production.