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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.

Globalization and Intellectual Property
Globalization and Intellectual Property
Debora Halbert
Introduction

Despite the effort to control intellectual property (IP) globally, ideas, creative works, and inventions do not respect national borders and in many ways cannot respect them. While it is certainly possible to develop methods to stop a pirate book or video game publisher, how does one stop people from being inspired by seeing the works of others, or from viewing different types of innovations, and then wanting to emulate, copy, or produce these things themselves? And yet, in the face of such global inspiration, the history of international intellectual property and its protection is the history of expanding property rights and broadening efforts to curb and control the mechanisms for sharing at the global level (Halbert, ...

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