Making and Unmaking Intellectual Property: Creative Production in Legal and Cultural Perspective

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  • Copyright: 2011-06-01
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Rules regulating access to knowledge are no longer the exclusive province of lawyers and policymakers and instead command the attention of anthropologists, economists, literary theorists, political scientists, artists, historians, and cultural critics. This burgeoning interdisciplinary interest in "intellectual property" has also expanded beyond the conventional categories of patent, copyright, and trademark to encompass a diverse array of topics ranging from traditional knowledge to international trade. Though recognition of the central role played by "knowledge economies" has increased, there is a special urgency associated with present-day inquiries into where rights to information come from, how they are justified, and the ways in which they are deployed. Making and Unmaking Intellectual Property,edited by Mario Biagioli, Peter Jaszi, and Martha Woodmansee, presents a range of diverseand even conflictingcontemporary perspectives on intellectual property rights and the contested sources of authority associated with them. Examining fundamental concepts and challenging conventional narrativesincluding those centered around authorship, invention, and the public domainthis book provides a rich introduction to an important intersection of law, culture, and material production.

Author Biography

Mario Biagioli is distinguished professor of law and science and technology studies and director of the Center for Innovation Studies at the University of California, Davis. Peter Jaszi is professor of law and director of the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic at American University's Washington College of Law. Martha Woodmansee is professor of English and law at Case Western Reserve University and a founding director of the International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
High and Low: IP Practices and Materialities
Patent Specification and Political Representation: How Patents Became Rightsp. 25
Authoring an Invention: Patent Production in the Nineteenth-Century United Statesp. 41
The "Person Skilled in the Art" Is Really Quite Conventional: U.S. Patent Drawings and the Persona of the Inventor, 1870-2005p. 55
Before and After the Commons and Traditional Knowledge
Cultural Agencies: The Legal Construction of Community Subjects and Their Propertiesp. 79
Social Inventionp. 99
From "Folklore" to "Knowledge" in Global Governance: On the Metamorphoses of the Unauthoredp. 115
Inventing Copyleftp. 133
Designing Cooperative Systems for Knowledge Production: An Initial Synthesis from Experimental Economicsp. 149
IP Crimes and Other Fictions
Beyond Representation: The Figure of the Piratep. 167
Publishers, Privateers, Pirates: Eighteenth-Century German Book Piracy Revisitedp. 181
The Property Policep. 199
Characterizing Copyright in the Classroom: The Cultural Work of Antipiracy Campaignsp. 215
An Economic View of Legal Restrictions on Musical Borrowing and Appropriationp. 235
Old Things into New IP Objects
New Blood, New Fruits: Protections for Breeders and Originators, 1789-1930p. 253
Kinds, Clones, and Manufacturesp. 269
No Patent, No Generic: Pharmaceutical Access and the Politics of the Copyp. 285
Inventing Race as a Genetic Commodity in Biotechnology Patentsp. 305
The Strange Odyssey of Software Interfaces as Intellectual Propertyp. 321
Doing and Undoing Collaborative IP
Invention, Origin, and Dedication: Republishing Women's Prints in Early Modern Italyp. 339
Technological Platforms and the Layers of Patent Datap. 359
Intellectual Property Norms in Stand-Up Comedyp. 385
Patenting Life: How the Oncomouse Patent Changed the Lives of Mice and Menp. 399
Is There Such a Thing as Postmodern Copyright?p. 413
Contributorsp. 429
Citation Indexp. 437
Subject Indexp. 449
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