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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.

Regulating InnovativeTechnology
Regulating Innovative Technology

Technological change creates new affordances for action. Some of these possibilities may challenge ‘business as usual’ when it comes to selling IP-rich commodities, even whilst they may enable new creative ways of doing business and generating new ideas. The three chapters in this section address this tension. Technological ‘solutions’ to perceived technical ‘problems’ can themselves become ‘problems’ for those for whom the initial ‘problem’ was in fact a ‘solution’. Technical cat-and-mouse developments occur when new waves of technique are developed, each designed to overcome the affordances of earlier developments.

Where the law comes to be added into this mix is interesting, as the law is often an afterthought, brought in to ‘fix’ perceived difficulties introduced or enabled by new technologies. However, ...

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