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Author May, Christopher, 1960-

Title Intellectual property rights : a critical history / Christopher May, Susan K. Sell
Published Boulder, Colo. : Lynne Rienners Publishers, [2006]


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Description ix, 253 pages ; 24 cm
Series Ipolitics
iPolitics : global challenges in the information age
Contents Why you need to know about intellectual property -- Ideas and technology -- The emergence of intellectual property rights -- Commerce vs. romantic notions of authorship and invention -- The nineteenth century : technological development and international law -- The twentieth century : intellectual property rights consolidated -- The twenty-first century : TRIPS and beyond -- Forgetting history is not an option
Summary "Christopher May and Susan Sell trace the history of social conflict and political machinations surrounding the making of property out of knowledge. Ranging from ancient commerce in Greek poems to present-day controversies about online piracy and the availability of AIDS drugs in the poorest countries, May and Sell present intellectual property law as a continuing process in which particular conceptions of rights and duties are institutionalized; each settlement prompts new disputes, policy shifts, and new disputes again. They also examine the post-TRIPs era in the context of this process. Their account of two thousand years of technological advances, legal innovation, and philosophical arguments about the character of knowledge production suggests that the future of intellectual property law will be as contested as its past."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-239) and index
Subject Intellectual property -- History.
Intellectual property -- Political aspects.
Intellectual property -- Social aspects.
Author Sell, Susan K.
LC no. 2005011010
ISBN 1588263630 hardcover alkaline paper