From Goods to a Good Life: Intellectual Property and Global Justice

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Yale University Press, Jun 26, 2012 - Law - 256 pages
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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.

 

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Contents

Culture and Freedom
1
1 Beyond Incentives
23
2 Bespoke Culture
45
3 Fair Culture
82
Photo gallery
104
4 Everyones a Superhero
105
5 Can Intellectual Property Help the Poor?
126
6 BollywoodHollywood
145
7 An Issue of Life or Death
173
Acknowledgments
201
Notes
207
Index
249
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Madhavi Sunder is professor of law at the University of California-Davis School of Law. She lives in Davis, CA.

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