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Knowledge Power: Intellectual Property, Information, and Privacy

Knowledge Power: Intellectual Property, Information, and Privacy

by Renée Marlin-Bennett
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This accessibly written volume introduces the interconnected roles of intellectual property, information, and privacy and explores the evolution of the domestic and international rules that govern them. Particular attention has been paid to the challenges of balancing the rights of the individual against the rights of the community. Sample topics include the global protection of pharmaceutical patents and privacy in the information age. Marlin-Bennett teaches international relations at American University. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2901588262812
Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/28/2004
Series: Ipolitics Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction: Products of the Mind1
Intellectual Property: Aspirin5
Proprietary Information: Sports Reporting7
From Intellectual Property to Proprietary Information10
Privacy: Surveillance After September 1114
The Privacy-Intellectual Property-Information Connection16
Rule Making: Then, Now, and Tomorrow17
2Intellectual Property23
From Privileges to Rights: Commodifying Intellectual Property23
International Trade and Intellectual Property26
Types of Intellectual Property27
Intelllectual Property in Other Cultures39
What the Past Tells Us41
3The Global Governance of Intellectual Property47
The World Intellectual Property Organization48
The International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants59
The World Trade Organization61
Is the Global Governance of Intellectual Property Working?64
4Global Intellectual Property Policy Conundrums71
Global Protection of Pharmaceutical Patents71
Intellectual Property Rights on Life76
Intellectual Property in the Digital Age84
Lack of Consensus and an Opening for Crime91
Who Has/Owns/Controls Information?103
Information as a Commodity112
The Value of Information117
6Owning Information About the Planet125
Information About Weather125
Information About Regions: Remote-Sensing Data134
Location, Location, Location140
Data for Both Military and Civilian Purposes144
7Owning Information About People151
Mixed Public and Private Goods152
Secret Data: Carnivore, Echelon, and Related Government-Owned Systems155
Data as a Club Good: Iceland's Human Data160
Data as a Private Good: Data Owned by Firms and Others163
Digitized Personal Information165
Privacy as an Information Space169
Personal Information: Content of the Information Space170
From the Completely Private Inner Self to the Intimate Circle171
Gatekeepers Controlling the Flow of Personal Information172
Privacy Rights173
Exercising Privacy Rights: Locating the Boundary175
Legitimate and Illegitimate Boundary Crossings179
Privacy in the Information Age185
9Violating the Public-Private Border191
Trespasses: Breaches of the Public-Private Boundary191
Sequestering Information: Prohibiting the Flow of Information Across the Public-Private Boundary204
Individuals' Privacy Interests209
10Guarding the Border: Gaining Control over Personal Data217
Norms Obligating Others to Respect Our Privacy217
Actions Individuals Take to Protect Their Privacy226
A Partial Victory or a Partial Failure?232
Key Points240
A Dangerous Historical Juncture? Creeping Commodification and Privacy Violations246
Questions Remain249
Selected Bibliography251
About the Book274

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