Intellectual Property and the Humanities
Fifty years ago, intellectual property law was an arcane and obscure branch of law governing the business dealings of professional printers. In the twenty-first century it features lawsuits against teenagers, nearly weekly articles in the New York Times, anticopyright art (appropriationist artists like Plunderphonics and Evolution Control Committee), and rock star lawyers’ appearances on television talk shows (Lawrence Lessig). There are conferences and books, law-firms, nongovernmental organizations, technical committees, and protest organizations, plus theories enough to sate every philosophical taste and cover nearly every form of creative practice in existence. Everyone from Midwestern indie rock bands to South American traditional healers and back again seem to be discussing the finer points of copyright and trademark.
KeywordsIntellectual Property Free Software Open Access Journal World Intellectual Property Organization Copyright Infringement
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