The State of Copyright

The complex relationships of cultural creation in a globalized world

By Debora Halbert

© 2014 – Routledge

268 pages

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Hardback: 9780415857383
pub: 2014-02-04
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About the Book

This book seeks to make an intervention into the ongoing debate about the scope and intensity of global copyright laws.

While mapping out the primary actors in the context of globalization and the modern political economy of information ownership, the argument is made that alternatives to further expansion of copyright are necessary. By examining the multiple and competing interests in creating the legal regime of copyright law, this books attempts to map the political economy of copyright in the information age, critique the concentration of ownership that is intrinsic in the status quo, and provide an assessment of the state of the contemporary global copyright landscape and its futures. It draws upon the current narratives of copyright as produced by corporate, government, and political actors and frames these narratives as language games within a global political project to define how information and culture will be shared and exchanged in the future. The text problematizes the relationship of the state to culture, comments on the global flows of culture, and critiques the regulatory apparatus that is in place to commodify culture and align it with the contemporary nation-state. In the end, the possibility of non-commodified and more open futures are explored.

The State of Copyright will be of particular interest for students and scholars of international political economy, law, political science, anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, library sciences, and communication studies. It also will appeal to a growing popular audience that has taken an interest in the issues of copyright.

Table of Contents

Part One: Copyright and the State 1. Introduction 2. The State of Property: Seeking Stable Terrain for Intellectual Property 3. Piracy 4. Property and the State: Exporting Authenticity and The Territories of National Cultures Part Two: Culture and the State 5. Exporting Authenticity and the Hybridity of Culture: Or, who’s a pirate anyway? 6. Critical Copyright, Cultural Flows, Traditional Knowledge and the Future Part Three: The Future 7. Mass Culture and the Culture of the Masses: A Manifesto for User-Generated Rights 8. Skipping through the Desert of the Real: Copyright Landscapes and the Future of Creativity

About the Author

Debora Halbert is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa. She is the author of Intellectual Property in the Information Age: The Politics of Expanding Ownership Rights and Resisting Intellectual Property, along with numerous articles on issues related to intellectual property.

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.

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