1st Edition

Resisting Intellectual Property

By Debora J. Halbert Copyright 2005
    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    Over the past decade, the scope of copyright and patent law has grown significantly, strengthening property rights, even when such rights seem to infringe upon other, more basic, priorities. This book investigates the ways in which activists, scholars, and communities are resisting the expansion of copyright and patent law in the information age.

    Debora J. Halbert explores how an alternative framework for understanding intellectual property - including about how we ought to think about the issues, the development of social movements around specific issues, and civil disobedience - has developed. Each chapter in the book discusses how resistance is developing in relation to a particular copyright or patent issue such as:

    • access to patented medication
    • access to copyrighted information and music via the Internet
    • the patenting of genetic material.

    This controversial book examines the ways in which the idea of intellectual property is being re-thought by the victims of an over-expansive legal system. It will appeal to students and researchers from a range of disciplines, from law and political science to computer science, with an interest in intellectual property.

    Chapter One Theorizing the Public Domain: Copyright and the Development of a Cultural Commons
    Chapter Two: Licensing and the Politics of Ownership: End User Licensing Agreements versus Open Source
    Chapter Three: I want my MP3's: The Changing Face of Music in an Electronic Age
    Chapter Four: Moralized Discourses: South Africa's Fight for Access to AIDS Drugs
    Chapter Five: Ownership of the Body: Resisting the Commodification of the Human
    Chapter Six: Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property: Seeking Alternatives
    Chapter Seven: Conclusion
    Selected Bibliography


    Debora Halbert is Associate Professor of Political Science and Department Chair at Otterbein College, USA. Her interests include intellectual property law, primarily copyright law, and political theory.