Putting Intellectual Property in its Place: Rights Discourses, Creative Labor, and the Everyday

Hardcover | January 31, 2014

byLaura J. Murray, S. Tina Piper, Kirsty Robertson

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Putting Intellectual Property in its Place examines the relationship between creativity and intellectual property law on the premise that, despite concentrated critical attention devoted to IP law from academic, policy and activist quarters, its role as a determinant of creative activity isoverstated. The effects of IP rights or law are usually more unpredictable, non-linear, or illusory than is often presumed. Through a series of case studies focusing on nineteenth century journalism, "fake" art, plant hormone research between the wars, online knitting communities, creativity in small cities, and legal practice, the authors discuss the many ways people comprehend the law through information and opinionsgathered from friends, strangers, coworkers, and the media. They also show how people choose to share, create, negotiate, and dispute based on what seems fair, just, or necessary, in the context of how their community functions in that moment, while ignoring or reimagining legal mechanisms. In thisbook authors Murray, Piper, and Robertson define "the everyday life of IP law", constituting an experiment in non-normative legal scholarship, and in building theory from material and located practice.

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Putting Intellectual Property in its Place examines the relationship between creativity and intellectual property law on the premise that, despite concentrated critical attention devoted to IP law from academic, policy and activist quarters, its role as a determinant of creative activity isoverstated. The effects of IP rights or law ar...

Laura J. Murray is Associate Professor of English and Cultural Studies at Queen's University. Her work in Indigenous Studies and American Literary History informs her work on copyright law. With Samuel E. Trosow, she is author of Canadian Copyright: A Citizen's Guide (2007, 2013). S. Tina Piper is Assistant Professor of Law at McGill ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 6.42 × 9.29 × 1.1 inPublished:January 31, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Acknowledgments1. Introduction2. Copyright Over the Boarder: Freedom, Commons, Appropriation3. No One Would Murder for a Pattern: Crafting IP in Online Knitting Communities4. Growing a Patent Culture: Plant Hormones Research and the National Research Council5. Exchange Practices Among Nineteenth-century US Newspaper Editors: Cooperation in Competition6. Copying and the Case of the Legal Profession7. Cultural Labor in a Small City: Motivations, Rewards, and Social Dynamics8. The Art of the Copy: Labor, Originality, and Value in the Contemporary Art MarketAfterwordBibliographyIndex