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Intellectual Property : A Very Short Introduction - Siva Vaidhyanathan

Intellectual Property

A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 9th March 2017
ISBN: 9780195372779
Number Of Pages: 144

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We all create intellectual property. We all use intellectual property. Intellectual property is the most pervasive yet least understood way we regulate expression. Despite its importance to so many aspects of the global economy and daily life, intellectual property policy remains a confusing and arcane subject. This engaging book clarifies both the basic terms and the major conflicts surrounding these fascinating areas of law, offering a layman's introduction to copyright, patents, trademarks, and other forms of knowledge falling under the purview of intellectual property rights. Using vivid examples, noted media expert Siva Vaidhyanathan illustrates the powers and limits of intellectual property, distilling with grace and wit the complex tangle of laws, policies, and values governing the dissemination of ideas, expressions, inventions, creativity, and data collection in the modern world.

Vaidhyanathan explains that intellectual property exists as it does because powerful interests want it to exist. The strongest economies in the world have a keen interest in embedding rigid methods of control and enforcement over emerging economies to preserve the huge economic interests linked to their copyright industries-film, music, software, and publishing. For this reason, the fight over the global standardization of intellectual property has become one of the most important sites of tension in North-South global relations. Through compelling case studies, including those of Starbucks, Coca-Cola, Sony, Amazon, and Google Books, Vaidhyanathan shows that the modern intellectual property systems reflect three centuries of changes in politics, economics, technologies, and social values. Although it emerged from a desire to foster creativity while simultaneously protecting it, intellectual property today has fundamentally shifted to a political dimension.

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"In the course of a book tracing the legal paths by which ideas about intellectual property has traveled, Vaidhyanathan illuminates conflicting truths...In this smart, engaging book, surprisingly provocative for a short introduction, he won this reader." - Karin Wulf, The Scholarly Kitchen

Preface Chapter 1: How to Read Starbucks; or Why Intellectual Property Matters More Than You Think Chapter 2: Copyright, Commerce, and Culture Chapter 3: Patents and their Discontents Chapter 4: Trademarks and the Politics of Branding Chapter 5: Other Rights: Domain Names, Publicity, Trade Secrets, Data, and Designs Conclusion: The Politics of Resistance and the Access to Knowledge Movement Acknowledgements Useful Web Sites References Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9780195372779
ISBN-10: 0195372778
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 9th March 2017
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.4 x 11.5  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.13
Edition Number: 2

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