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Resisting Intellectual Property

1st Edition

By Debora J. Halbert


256 pages

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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.

Table of Contents


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

About the Author

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.

About the Series

RIPE Series in Global Political Economy

For almost two decades now, the RIPE Series published by Routledge has been an essential forum for cutting-edge scholarship in International Political Economy. The series brings together new and established scholars working in critical, cultural and constructivist political economy. Books in the RIPE Series typically combine an innovative contribution to theoretical debates with rigorous empirical analysis.

The RIPE Series seeks to cultivate:

  • Field-defining theoretical advances in International Political Economy
  • Novel treatments of key issue areas, both historical and contemporary, such as global finance, trade, and production
  • Analyses that explore the political economic dimensions of relatively neglected topics, such as the environment, gender relations, and migration
  • Accessible work that will inspire advanced undergraduates and graduate students in International Political Economy.

James Brassett – Warwick

Eleni Tsingou – Copenhagen Business School

Susanne Soederberg – Queen’s

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Cultural Policy