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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.

Copyright and Industrial Objects: Aesthetic Considerations and Policy Discriminations
Copyright and Industrial Objects: Aesthetic Considerations and Policy Discriminations
Uma Suthersanen

Whatever is beautiful is useful, because beauty gives pleasure and pleasure is a kind of happiness, and happiness is a kind of utility. (Magic Ruffle Co. v Douglas, 1863)1

The law does not, therefore, judge works: it weighs neither their merit, nor their importance; it protects them all, blindly; short or long, good or bad, useful or dangerous, fruit of genius or of the mind, simple product of labour or patience, every literary or artistic work is admitted and may benefit from the provisions of the law. (Pouillet, 1894: 38)


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