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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 Technologies and Clashing Rights
Copyright Technologies and Clashing Rights
Ian Brown
Introduction

As the Internet and personal computers have given most consumers in advanced economies the ability to make unlimited numbers of perfect, cost-free, copies of digital works, copyright law has become increasingly difficult to enforce. Billions of songs are shared without authorization every year, over peer-to-peer file-sharing networks, streaming sites and ‘file lockers’, with unauthorized downloading of music and films being the most common offence committed by 10–25-year-olds in the UK (Wilson et al. 2006). Pirate Parties demanding copyright reform have successfully stood in local and national elections, with Swedish German voters electing Pirate members to the European Parliament and Icelanders sending three Pirate Party members to the world’s oldest ...

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