Protect or Plunder?: Understanding Intellectual Property Rights

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Vandana Shiva shows how the protection of intellectual property is being transformed into corporate plunder, looking at how Western-inspired laws do not stimulate human creativity or knowledge. This compelling book looks at what ideas, technologies, and inventions can be exploited for profit by giant corporations in ?knowledge economy.? This book highlights why popular resistance around the world is rising to the WTO that polices this new intellectual world order, and the pharmaceutical, biotech, and other ...

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Overview

Vandana Shiva shows how the protection of intellectual property is being transformed into corporate plunder, looking at how Western-inspired laws do not stimulate human creativity or knowledge. This compelling book looks at what ideas, technologies, and inventions can be exploited for profit by giant corporations in “knowledge economy.” This book highlights why popular resistance around the world is rising to the WTO that polices this new intellectual world order, and the pharmaceutical, biotech, and other corporations which dominate it—and the new technologies they are foisting upon humans.

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“One of the world's most prominent radical scientists.” —The Guardian (UK)

“Shiva has devoted her life to fighting for the rights of ordinary people in India. Her fierce intellect and her disarmingly friendly, accessible manner have made her a valuable advocate for people all over the developing world.” —Ms. Magazine

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Shiva has devoted her life to fighting for the rights of ordinary people in India. Her fierce intellect and her disarmingly friendly, accessible manner have made her a valuable advocate for people all over the developing world.
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Shiva, an environmental activist, discusses the implications of two developments from the 1980s: the US Supreme Court's decision to treat life as an invention—and hence allow the US Patent Office to grant patents on life—and the introduction of intellectual property into the Uruguay Round of GATT. Suddenly, she notes, patents affect the daily lives of many more people than inventors and lawyers. Her guide seeks to demystify intellectual property law, explain the ethical, ecological, and economic impacts of globalized patent regimes, and inspire concerned citizens to action. The work has no subject index. Originally published in India as , Penguin Books India, 2001. This edition is distributed in the US by Palgrave. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781842771099
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Series: Global Issues Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 4.33 (w) x 11.08 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Vandana Shiva is a world-renowned environmental thinker and campaigner. She is a leader in the International Forum on Globalization, recipient of the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize (the Right Livelihood Award), and of the Earth Day Award.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Patents—An Ethical Crisis
• The Role of Patents in History
• The Myth of Patents
• Threats to Biodiversity
• Biopiracy
• Can Seed be Owned?
• Profiteering from Disease
• Democracy or Dictatorship?
• The Way Forward
• TRIPS Reform and Review
• Farmers' Rights as Community Rights: The Sui Generis System
• Intellectual Property Rights Reform

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