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This Handbook brings together scholars from around the world in addressing the global significance of, controversies over and alternatives to intellectual property (IP) today. It brings together over fifty of the leading authors in this field across the spectrum of academic disciplines, from law, economics, geography, sociology, politics and anthropology. This volume addresses the full spectrum of IP issues including copyright, patent, trademarks and trade secrets, as well as parallel rights and novel applications. In addition to addressing the role of IP in an increasingly information based and globalized economy and culture, it also challenges the utility and viability of IP today and addresses a range of alternative futures.

Counterfeit Commerce: The Illegal Accumulation and Distribution of Intellectual Property
Counterfeit Commerce: The Illegal Accumulation and Distribution of Intellectual Property
Chris Rojek
Introduction

Provocatively perhaps, the exchange of counterfeit Intellectual property can be defined as a parade of illegal multiples masquerading as originals. Assuming the expectation of negligible risk for the individual, the attraction of consuming an illegal multiple is obvious. Exclusion from ownership on the grounds of privilege or finance is erased. Leaving aside the question of copyright/trademark infringement for the moment, it would be unwise to deny the connection between reproduction and social inclusion. Reproduction widens access and widening access is a venerated principle in democratic systems (Runciman 2013). Expanding access goes some way towards explaining the conflicted reaction that ...

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