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Putting Intellectual Property in its Place: Rights Discourses, Creative Labor, and the Everyday


ISBN13: 9780199336265
Published: February 2014
Publisher: Oxford University Press USA
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Hardback
Price: £65.00



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Putting Intellectual Property in its Place examines the relationship between creativity and intellectual property law on the premise that, despite concentrated critical attention devoted to IP law from academic, policy and activist quarters, its role as a determinant of creative activity is overstated. The effects of IP rights or law are usually more unpredictable, non-linear, or illusory than is often presumed. Through a series of case studies focusing on nineteenth century journalism, "fake" art, plant hormone research between the wars, online knitting communities, creativity in small cities, and legal practice, the authors discuss the many ways people comprehend the law through information and opinions gathered from friends, strangers, coworkers, and the media. They also show how people choose to share, create, negotiate, and dispute based on what seems fair, just, or necessary, in the context of how their community functions in that moment, while ignoring or reimagining legal mechanisms. In this book authors Murray, Piper, and Robertson define "the everyday life of IP law", constituting an experiment in non-normative legal scholarship, and in building theory from material and located practice.

Subjects:
Intellectual Property Law
Contents:
CONTENTS
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER 2: COPYRIGHT OVER THE BOARDER: FREEDOM, COMMONS, APPROPRIATION
CHAPTER 3: NO ONE WOULD MURDER FOR A PATTERN: CRAFTING IP IN ONLINE KNITTING COMMUNITIES
CHAPTER 4: GROWING A PATENT CULTURE: PLANT HORMONES RESEARCH AND THE NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL
CHAPTER 5: EXCHANGE PRACTICES AMONG NINETEENTH-CENTURY US NEWSPAPER EDITORS: COOPERATION IN COMPETITION
CHAPTER 6: COPYING AND THE CASE OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION
CHAPTER 7: CULTURAL LABOR IN A SMALL CITY: MOTIVATIONS, REWARDS, AND SOCIAL DYNAMICS
CHAPTER 8: THE ART OF THE COPY: LABOR, ORIGINALITY, AND VALUE IN THE CONTEMPORARY ART MARKET
AFTERWORD
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX