Critical Copyright Law and the Politics of 'IP'

Draft chapter for Emilios Christodoulidis, Ruth Dukes & Marco Goldoni (eds), Research Handbook on Critical Legal Theory (Edward Elgar Press, 2019 Forthcoming)

30 Pages Posted: 26 Nov 2018

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Carys J. Craig

Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto

Date Written: October 9, 2018

Abstract

Since its explosion late in the twentieth century, the field of intellectual property scholarship has been a vibrant site for critical legal theorizing. Indeed, it is arguable that US-based intellectual property scholarship effectively generated a resurgence or ‘second wave’ of Critical Legal Studies. Exploring critical engagement with the very idea of ‘intellectual property’ and its conceptual counterpart, the ‘public domain,’ this chapter suggests that a vast swath of the copyright scholarship that has bloomed over the past few decades, as copyright has expanded in its reach and relevance, builds implicitly or explicitly on insights gleaned from legal realism, Critical Legal Studies, and their intellectual progeny—critical feminism and critical race theory. Moreover, it is argued, these critical approaches to copyright law offer the most challenging and promising route by which to understand, dissect and reshape modern intellectual property structures.

Keywords: Intellectual Property, Copyright Law, Public Domain, Critical Legal Theory, Feminist Theory, Critical Race Theory

JEL Classification: K11, K39, O30, O34, O38

Suggested Citation

Craig, Carys J., Critical Copyright Law and the Politics of 'IP' (October 9, 2018). Draft chapter for Emilios Christodoulidis, Ruth Dukes & Marco Goldoni (eds), Research Handbook on Critical Legal Theory (Edward Elgar Press, 2019 Forthcoming). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3287377

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