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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.

Promoting Progress: A Qualitative Analysis of Creative and Innovative Production
Promoting Progress: A Qualitative Analysis of Creative and Innovative Production
Jessica Silbey

For five years, I have been conducting interviews with artists and scientists in diverse fields, as well as with their lawyers and business partners. My goal in doing so was to learn how intellectual property functions in their professional lives devoted to creative and innovative work. The scholarly literature defending and explaining intellectual property in the United States is largely dominated by a theoretical economic approach to law with its assumptions about human motivation and the benefits and values of creative and innovative work to those making it. In contrast to a law and economics approach to IP’s function ...

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