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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.

The Political Economy of Traditional Knowledge, Trademarks and Copyright in South Africa
The Political Economy of Traditional Knowledge, Trademarks and Copyright in South Africa
Colin Darch
Introduction

This chapter, together with my ‘Politics, Law and Discourse: Patents and Innovation in Post-Apartheid South Africa’, also published in this Handbook, was written to constitute a general overview of the contested terrain of South African intellectual property (IP) policy and law since the fall of apartheid in 1994 and the end of the country’s international isolation. Nevertheless, it can also be read alone as a discussion of the dominant and competing narratives around the political and judicial aspects of trademarks, copyright and the protection of traditional knowledge, using exemplary cases from contemporary South African jurisprudence. Like ...

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