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
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