Owning the World of Ideas, Intellectual Property and Global Network Capitalism
SAGE Publications Ltd
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Owning the World of Ideas

Intellectual Property and Global Network Capitalism

SAGE Publications Ltd

AideEAN13 : 9781473927575
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Formally, ownership of ideas is legally impossible, and can never be globally
secured. Yet, in very real and significant ways these limits have been undone.
In principle, ideas cannot be _owned_ , yet, undoing the distinction between
ideas and tangible manifestations, the distinction which underpins the
principle, allows the principle to hold even whilst its meaning is hollowed

Post-Cold War global network capitalism is premised upon regulatory structures
designed to enforce _deregulation_ in global markets and production, but at
the same time to enforce global _regulation_ of property and intellectual
property in particular. However, this roll-out has not been without resistance
and limitations. Globalization, the affordances of digital networks, and
contradiction within capitalism itself - between private property and free
markets - promote and undo global IP expansion.

In this book David and Halbert map the rise of global IP protectionism, debunk
the key justifications given for IPRs, dismiss the arguments put forward for
global extension and harmonization; and suggest that roll-back, suspension,
and even simply the bi-passing of IP in practice offer better solutions for
promoting innovation and meeting human needs.

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