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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 Trolling and the Policing of Intellectual Property in the Shadow of Law
Copyright Trolling and the Policing of Intellectual Property in the Shadow of Law
David S. Wall
Introduction

If you are a file-sharer of songs, films or books, there is a distinct possibility that you may receive a letter asking for a payment to represent the cost of something you have downloaded. The letter, usually from a lawyer, will accuse you of illegally downloading content and indicate that failure to pay the amount demanded will result in you being taken to court. Most people choose to pay up rather than go to court, especially when it refers to an action that you may have undertaken – but not always! In ...

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