Access to Knowledge as a New Paradigm for Research on ICTs and Intellectual Property Rights

H. Emdon, L. Elder, B. Petrazzini and R. Fuchs, eds, Connecting ICTs to Development: The IDRC Experience (Ottawa: Anthem Press, 2013), p. 75-90

16 Pages Posted: 28 Sep 2015

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Jeremy de Beer

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

Sara Bannerman

McMaster University Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

The chapter has four parts. Following this introduction, the second part sets the legal, economic, technological, social and geopolitical context in which debates about IPRs and ICTs have unfolded. The third section describes select research activities addressing the connections among IPRs and ICTs. The strategy here is to perform grounded theoretical research – that is, to glean new insights and develop overarching concepts from evidence already gathered “on the ground” by researchers closely connected to real world problems and potential solutions. Notably, the underlying empirical research was gathered using mixed quantitative and qualitative methods that included statistical analyses, legal reviews, survey questionnaires, interviews, focus groups and other kinds of fieldwork. This hybrid methodological approach facilitates the fourth and final section of the chapter, which contains conclusions and recommendations.

Keywords: Development Studies, Intellectual Property Rights

JEL Classification: O34, O14

Suggested Citation

de Beer, Jeremy and Bannerman, Sara, Access to Knowledge as a New Paradigm for Research on ICTs and Intellectual Property Rights (2013). H. Emdon, L. Elder, B. Petrazzini and R. Fuchs, eds, Connecting ICTs to Development: The IDRC Experience (Ottawa: Anthem Press, 2013), p. 75-90. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2659938

Jeremy De Beer (Contact Author)

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section ( email )

57 Louis Pasteur Street
Ottawa, K1N 6N5
Canada

Sara Bannerman

McMaster University Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia ( email )

1280 Main St. W.
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada

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