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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.


An integral part of debates over intellectual property concerns the creation and defence of spaces that contain and maintain the absence of intellectual property rights. When terminated either at the end of the length of IP protection or because they were not protected in the first place, much that is of value is in the public domain, and those spaces considered the public domain have helped ignite a vigorous debate over the relevance and value of an intellectual commons. The public domain as a concept, offers conceptual challenges since its existence is predicated upon commercial copyright and patent regimes that at some point terminate to allow for free public use. However, those parts of culture that were never protected under such regimes, or ...

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