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Access to Knowledge: A Conceptual Genealogy


Amy Kapczynski


Yale University - Law School

December 2010

Amy Kapczynski, ACCESS TO KNOWLEDGE IN THE AGE OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, Gaelle Krikorian, ed., Zone Press 2010

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This is an introduction to an edited volume, Access to Knowledge in the Age of Intellectual Property (Zone Press, 2010. It's aim is to describe and analyze the conceptual stakes of the new mobilization around A2K. A2K groups contest the terrain of intellectual property law (for example, around issues of access to medicines, free software, farmers' rights to seeds, and free culture) - but what do they have in common? The chapter elaborates on concepts that A2K thinkers use - such as the commons, openness, and access - to challenge the conventional justification for strong intellectual property law. It closes by posing a series of theoretical questions for the movement, like, what is the nature of the freedom that A2K demands?

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Keywords: intellectual property, international law, patent, copyright, trademark

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Kapczynski, Amy, Access to Knowledge: A Conceptual Genealogy (December 2010). Amy Kapczynski, ACCESS TO KNOWLEDGE IN THE AGE OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, Gaelle Krikorian, ed., Zone Press 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1754686

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