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"Yu viewed his purpose in putting together this four-volume set as the development of a comprehensive mini-library on intellectual property that covers both the basic and cutting edge issues. He has organized the material in accordance with the three main branches of intellectual property law (copyrights, patents, and trademarks) and added a final volume covering the increasingly important international developments."
Reference & Research Book News
"In Editor Peter K. Yu's Intellectual Property and Information Wealth: Issues and Practices in the Digital Age, a bevy of experts seeks to explain the basics of intellectual property for you and me. . . .This is important reading on questions that are likely to get thornier."
"Most discussions of intellectual property rights and issues have been regulated to lawyers and court decisions so it's refreshing to find a volume which moves outside the legal system to address information and digital issues for a more general audience. College-level students of computer science, sociology, legal issues and contemporary issues will find this four-volume reference set simply invaluable, packing in discussions of protections and challenges to novels, films, music, computer programs and other digitally-affected media, and examining protection efforts, legal rights, global and cross-border protections and strategies, and more. Each volume includes plenty of quotes and references from authoritative source material and studies, and each provides pro/con discussions of related issues, making for an outstanding survey that should be a top pick of any college-level collection."
Midwest Book Review - California Bookwatch
"This four-volume set represents a prodigious effort on the part of the editor to gather over 70 chapter contributors. Each volume deals with a different aspect of intellectual property (IP). Rather than being a textbook on IP basics, this work focuses on insights from established and new players in the field on specific aspects of each topic. The following chapter titles provide a taste of the wide variety of subjects covered: The Evolving Doctrine of Copyright Misuse, Seed Wars: Controversies over Access to and Control of Plant Genetic Resources, The Territoriality of United States Trademark Law, and The Romance of the Public Domain. Each volume ends with contributor biographies and a detailed index. Since 90 percent of the authors are law professors, the slant of most chapters is legal. Numerous notes at the end of each chapter are heavily represented by law and case law citations. This scholarly work is not for the layperson. Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through professionals/practitioners."
"Intellectual Property and Information Wealth provides historical context, analysis and practical application for the increasingly complicated matter of intellectual property protection. . . .The four volumes that make up the set are quite detailed and are not aimed at the casual reader. Each volume addresses specific aspects related to and affected by
intellectual property. The volumes are divided according to the three main branches of intellectual property law, and the fourth volume places it in a global context. The broader approach in Volume 4 will most probably appeal to a wider audience, although it is definitely worth exploring the other volumes, even if one is not well-versed in intellectual property laws and policies. The discussions are clear and take the lay reader into consideration, especially by including overviews and more in-depth discussions of the latest developments in the field. To quote Yu, these volumes together form 'a comprehensive mini-library on intellectual property'. Each volume can also be read on its own."
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