Introduction: Culture and Freedom
M. Sunder, From Goods to a Good Life: Intellectual Property and Global Justice, Yale University Press, 2012
23 Pages Posted: 17 May 2012 Last revised: 11 Dec 2012
Date Written: May 16, 2012
Most scholarship on intellectual property considers this law from the standpoint of law and economics. Under this conventional wisdom, intellectual property is simply a tool for promoting innovative products, from iPods to R2D2. In this highly original book Madhavi Sunder calls for a richer understanding of intellectual property law’s effects on social and cultural life. Intellectual property does more than incentivize the production of more goods. This law fundamentally affects the ability of citizens to live a good life. Intellectual property law governs the abilities of human beings to make and share culture, and to profit from this enterprise in a global Knowledge economy. This book turns to social and cultural theory to more fully explore the deep connections between cultural production and human freedom.
Keywords: Intellectual Property, International Intellectual Property, Globalization, Law and Development, Law and Culture, Law and Humanities, Property Law
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