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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.

Between Economy and Culture
Between Economy and Culture

Contemporary intellectual property law is designed, its advocates claim, to support innovation and the creation of knowledge-based products. These laws have been largely drafted by the most powerful states and driven by the most powerful interests in those states; but are said to be best applied everywhere and to benefit everyone. Copyright specifically, but intellectual property generally has been reshaped over the last few decades to assert ownership over digital products and rethink creative work as an engine for contemporary economic growth in what is now globally understood to be the information age. The traditional narrative of intellectual property describes the important benefits of these legal regimes for the emerging digital economy and claims that far reaching ...

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