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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.

Author and Cultural Rights: The Cuban Case
Author and Cultural Rights: The Cuban Case
Lillian Álvarez
Introduction

The opportunity for all to gain access to the results of a creation is a supposition of creation itself. Above all, the citizen must have the possibility of gaining access to knowledge and interacting with existing cultural wealth. Prior protection of a creation has the implicit recognition of precedence and offers the possibility of effectively exercising other basic human rights that the vast majority of people lack today. Universal access to education, the opportunity for people to increase their capacity for art appreciation, the opportunity to express themselves, the opportunity to access specialized teaching and other cultural options that allow for the enrichment of their ...

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