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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.

Communicating Copyright: Discourse and Disagreement in the Digital Age
Communicating Copyright: Discourse and Disagreement in the Digital Age
Lee Edwards Bethany Klein David Lee Giles Moss Fiona Philip
Introduction

Digitization of media has brought longstanding tensions about the purpose and scope of copyright law to the fore, not only for those with a financial stake in copyrighted materials, but for ordinary users as well. This chapter considers modern copyright debates as involving a range of implicit and explicit justifications communicated by government, industry, artists and users. While certain discourses are prioritized and naturalized, often others (and particularly those of users) are given little serious attention, thus ...

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