Copyrighting Culture: The Political Economy of Intellectual Property

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Westview Press, 1996 - Computers - 276 pages
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Launching into a complete analysis of copyright law in our capitalistic and hegemonistic political system, Ronald Bettig uncovers the power of the wealthy few to expand their fortunes through the ownership and manipulation of intellectual property. Beginning with a critical interpretation of copyright history in the United States, Bettig goes on to explore such crucial issues as the videocassette recorder and the control of copyrights, the invention of cable television and the first challenge to the filmed entertainment copyright system, the politics and economics of intellectual property as seen from both the neoclassical economists’ and the radical political economists’ points of view, and methods of resisting existing laws.Beautifully written and well argued, this book provides a long, clear look at how capitalism and capitalists seize and control culture through the ownership of copyrights, thus perpetuating their own ideologies and economic superiority.

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Contents

Critical Perspectives on the History and Philosophy of Copyright
9
Who Owns the Message? The Ownership and Control
33
ReDiscovering the Capitalist Class
42
Copyright

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About the author (1996)

Ronald V. Bettig is assistant professor of communication at Pennsylvania State University.

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