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

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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."--BOOK JACKET.
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McLeod (communication studies, University of Iowa) demonstrates how intellectual property law has expanded to allow for private ownership of a remarkable array of things, from the patenting of human genes, to the trademarking of phrases like "home-style." This book examines diverse areas of contemporary life affected by intellectual property law, including sampling practices in hip-hop music, the appropriation of indigenous knowledge about medicinal plants, the effects of seed patenting on farming, and the impact of copyright on the evolution of folk music. By scrutinizing the concept of "author" McLeod argues that borrowing practices have been and continue to be central to cultural production. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820451572
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Series: Popular Culture and Everyday Life Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Ch. 1 The Private Ownership of Culture 1
Ch. 2 Copyright and the Folk Music Tradition 39
Ch. 3 Copyright, Authorship and African-American Culture 71
Ch. 4 Visual and Sound College Versus Copyright and Trademark Law 109
Ch. 5 Patent Law and the Appropriation of Third-World Indigenous Knowledge 157
Ch. 6 The Private Ownership of People: Genetics, Consumer Databases and Celebrities 193
Ch. 7 Intertextuality, the Internet and Intellectual Property Law 237
Epilogue 261
Index 265
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