Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781786991133 Will Publish November 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786991140 Will Publish November 2017 For sale in North and South America only

A Critical Guide to Intellectual Property

Edited by Mathew Callahan and Jim Rogers

A Critical Guide to Intellectual Property

Edited by Mathew Callahan and Jim Rogers

Distributed for Zed Books

256 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781786991133 Will Publish November 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786991140 Will Publish November 2017 For sale in North and South America only
From genetically modified foods to digital piracy, the concept of intellectual property (IP) and the laws upholding it play a central economic role in our society today, but its political and ideological dimensions have rarely been understood outside of specialist circles. This collection cuts through the legal jargon that so often surrounds IP in order to provide a comprehensive history and close analysis that explore the corporate interests that have shaped how IP is conceived and managed.
 
Up-to-date and comprehensive, this book examines the wider implications of the concept of IP and questions how IP law has been used to safeguard and assert the ownership of ideas and creativity. Today, with mounting challenges from the growth of free software and open source movements, this collection provides an accessible and alternative guide to IP, exploring its significance within the wider struggle between capital and the commons.
 
Review Quotes
John Quiggin, University of Queensland

“The idea of intellectual property is, quite literally, an attempt to monopolize ideas. In this exciting volume, the ideological basis of IP is critiqued, and the options for resistance examined.”

Alan Story, University of Kent

“Unwraps intellectual property’s supposed enigma in an accessible fashion. Power, profits, piracy: all are explored here with real arguments and facts. Provocative.”

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