The Politics of Intellectual Property
8 Pages Posted: 5 Sep 2009 Last revised: 22 Oct 2009
Date Written: September 5, 2009
This talk, delivered at the 2006 AALS mid-year meeting, briefly addresses the politics of copyright legislation before segueing into the politics of intellectual property scholarship. I urge that the metaphor of a “copyright war,” used by both copyright owners and copyright reformers, is uncomfortably apt. It reflects a polarization of the copyright community that has affected copyright scholarship in unhealthy ways, encouraging scholars to choose sides in the copyright wars and to tailor their scholarship to fit.
Keywords: copyright, scholarship, politics
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