Information Feudalism: Who Owns the Knowledge Economy

Information Feudalism: Who Owns the Knowledge Economy

by Peter Drahos, John Braithwaite
     
 

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New intellectual property regimes are entrenching new inequalities. Access to information is fundamental to the exercise of human rights and marketplace competition, but patents are being used to lock up vital educational, software, genetic and other information, creating a global property order dominated by a multinational elite. How did intellectual property rules…  See more details below

Overview

New intellectual property regimes are entrenching new inequalities. Access to information is fundamental to the exercise of human rights and marketplace competition, but patents are being used to lock up vital educational, software, genetic and other information, creating a global property order dominated by a multinational elite. How did intellectual property rules become part of the World Trade Organization's free trade agreements? How have these rules changed the knowledge game for international business? What are the consequences for the ownership of biotechnology and digital technology, and for all those who have to pay for what was once shared information? Based on extensive interviews with key players, this book tells the story of these profound transformations in information ownership. The authors argue that in the globalized information society, the rich have found new ways to rob the poor, and shows how intellectual property rights can be more democratically defined.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'A singularly apposite book.'
Computer Bulletin

'Well-written, vigorously argued and beautifully clear.'
Journal of Public Administration

'A compelling read.'
International Journal of Law and Information Technology

'The book provides an overview of how international property rules have been quietly redrawn in the past 20 years. An interesting point for the sector is the call for broader coalitions to be formed to challenge such measures.'
Third Sector

'Information Feudalism succeeds where other works with similar goals fail. It presents a factually based analysis of the situation of the existing regime of international protection of ownership that requires serious attention.'
International Journal of Law and Information Technology

'A thick, detailed and meticulously-researched narrative on how and why a significant policy change came to be made, including important insights into the perspectives of key actors and bodies. This book is to be warmly welcomed.'
Journal of Public Administration

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781853839177
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/22/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
272

Meet the Author

Peter Drahos and John Braithwaite are both professors in the Australian National University, Canberra, and Co-authors of Global Business Regulation.

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