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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.

Intellectual Property and the ‘Open’ (Information) Society
Intellectual Property and the ‘Open’ (Information) Society
Anne Barron
Introduction

Two apparently opposed forces are shaping global copyright law and practice at the present time. The first exemplifies the internalization to capitalism of a drive to ‘accumulation by dispossession’ (Harvey, 2003: Ch. 4), as previously public or common resources (in this context, cultural and knowledge resources) are enclosed and subjected to private control. Whether by lobbying legislative bodies at national, regional or international levels, or through private initiatives of one kind or another, the so-called ‘creative industries’ push ceaselessly now for a global copyright system that can continue to expand their dominion over – and ability to extract value from – ever more of the world’s information assets. As well ...

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