Owning Culture: Authorship,Ownership,and Intellectual Property Law (Popular Culture and Everyday Life Series #1) / Edition 2

Owning Culture: Authorship,Ownership,and Intellectual Property Law (Popular Culture and Everyday Life Series #1) / Edition 2

by Kembrew McLeod
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820451576

ISBN-13: 9780820451572

Pub. Date: 01/28/2001

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.

Owning Culture demonstrates how intellectual property law has expanded to allow for private ownership of a remarkable array of things, from the patenting of human genes linked to breast cancer to the trademarking of the phrases «home style» and «freedom of ownership.» This book examines diverse areas of contemporary life affected by

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Owning Culture demonstrates how intellectual property law has expanded to allow for private ownership of a remarkable array of things, from the patenting of human genes linked to breast cancer to the trademarking of the phrases «home style» and «freedom of ownership.» This book examines diverse areas of contemporary life affected by intellectual property law, including sampling practices in hip-hop music, the appropriation of Third World indigenous knowledge about the medical uses of plants, the effects of seed patenting on farming, and the impact of copyright law on folk music-making. By placing under scrutiny the individualistic, Western conception of the «author» that grounds intellectual property law, Kembrew McLeod shows how borrowing practices have been - and continue to be - central to cultural production. Additionally, this book highlights how intellectual property law facilitates the privatization of culture and the transfer of power into the hands of wealthy individuals and corporations. Clearly written, thoughtful, and thought provoking, Owning Culture provides an innovative approach to the study of culture and law.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820451572
Publisher:
Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Series:
Popular Culture and Everyday Life Series, #1
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
275
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Ch. 1The Private Ownership of Culture1
Ch. 2Copyright and the Folk Music Tradition39
Ch. 3Copyright, Authorship and African-American Culture71
Ch. 4Visual and Sound College Versus Copyright and Trademark Law109
Ch. 5Patent Law and the Appropriation of Third-World Indigenous Knowledge157
Ch. 6The Private Ownership of People: Genetics, Consumer Databases and Celebrities193
Ch. 7Intertextuality, the Internet and Intellectual Property Law237
Epilogue261
Index265

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