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By Alexandra George

What's "intellectual property"? This ebook examines the way this significant region of legislation is developed via the criminal process. It argues that highbrow estate is a physique of ideas, created through the felony process, that control the documented varieties of summary items, that are additionally outlined into lifestyles by means of the felony approach. highbrow estate legislations hence constructs its personal items of legislation, and it does so throughout the program of a suite of middle thoughts. by means of interpreting the metaphysical constitution of highbrow estate legislation and the strategies the criminal method makes use of to build "intellectual property," the publication sheds new mild at the nature of this interesting sector of legislations. It explains anomalies among social and highbrow estate makes use of of ideas corresponding to authorship - right here dubbed "creatorship" - and originality, and it is helping to give an explanation for the position of highbrow estate from a structural (rather than the normal normative) viewpoint.

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The approach taken here is that to question and discuss the law and our ways of thinking about it is not subversive. Rather, it is constructive and likely, eventually, to bring about improvements in the consistency and coherence of those laws. 1. An Intellectual Property Fairy Tale Once upon a time there was a vain emperor who loved fashion and new clothes. His kingdom was joyful and festive, and the palace regularly organized carnivals in which the emperor would parade to show off his latest outits.

The approach taken here is that to question and discuss the law and our ways of thinking about it is not subversive. Rather, it is constructive and likely, eventually, to bring about improvements in the consistency and coherence of those laws. 1. An Intellectual Property Fairy Tale Once upon a time there was a vain emperor who loved fashion and new clothes. His kingdom was joyful and festive, and the palace regularly organized carnivals in which the emperor would parade to show off his latest outits.

B, for an explanation of this concept) and can be freely used and/or adapted by anyone. This analogy between the ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ and intellectual property was presented at the First Annual Intellectual Property and Communications Law and Policy 6 CONSTRUCTING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY The term ‘intellectual property’ means different things to different people,3 but most conceptions include explicit or implicit reference to a legally regulated, artiicially created monopoly over intangible objects of communication, such as ideas, information, knowledge, and symbols.

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