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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.

Creative Copying
Creative Copying

To ‘steal’ a great line, when it comes to producing original work, we all stand on the shoulders of giants! Whether it be in the sciences, arts or more directly commercial fields of practice, progress always involves the use of past works in the creation of anything new. The question of when such ‘use’ becomes ‘infringement’, and when it should/is regarded as itself an original piece of work, is the subject of this section, though it is of course a thread that runs throughout the handbook. Raizel Liebler, Claudy Op den Kamp, and John Tehranian approach the tension between originality and infringement directly in this section, if from a number of different angles. Whilst Tehranian and Liebler combine legal and literary ...

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