The Global Political Economy of Intellectual Property Rights: The New Enclosures?

1st Edition

Christopher May

Routledge
Published May 11, 2000
Reference - 216 Pages
ISBN 9780415229043 - CAT# RU20928
Series: RIPE Series in Global Political Economy

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Summary

It has become a commonplace that there has been an information revolution, transforming both society and the economy. In 1995 the Trade Related Intellectual Property (TRIPs) agreement aimed to harmonise protection for property in knowledge throughout the global system.
This book considers the contemporary disputes about the ownership of knowledge resources - as in the cases of genetically modified foods, the music industry or the internet - and the problematic nature of the TRIPs agreement. In this highly topical book, Christopher May reveals that, because of such problems, at present the balance in intellectual property rights between public good and private reward is more often than not weighted towards the latter.

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