Who Owns Knowledge?: Knowledge and the Law

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Nico Stehr, Bernd Weiler
Transaction Publishers, Dec 31, 2011 - Political Science - 340 pages
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Who Owns Knowledge? explores the emerging linkages between the extension of knowledge and the law. It anticipates that the legal system will not only be called upon to adjudicate in matters of creative minds, but will be expected to do so to an ever increasing degree.

Linkages between the legal system and knowledge are bound to multiply in modern societies. Ironically, while increasingly relying on knowledge, we are simultaneously investing significant resources into controlling this same knowledge. This includes developing a system of legal governance over how knowledge is extended or enlarged. Such modes of governance may take the form of regulatory legal codes, or legal challenges and judgments that shape the evolution of modern society and potentially transform knowledge itself, as a productive force. Who Owns Knowledge? asks such questions as: What is the appropriate balance of public and private interests involved in this process? How can creative powers, natural resources and indigenous knowledge be protected from either public or private exploitation? Does the law have the power to prevent this exploitation, or is adaptive technology needed? Also, in this identity theft conscious age, how can the rights of the individual be protected against policies allowing access to any kind of information, especially confidential information? The editors and contributors demonstrate that the relationship between knowledge and the law needs to be further researched and discussed. Who Owns Knowledge? is a must-read for those interested in the subjects of intellectual property, the history and development of modern legal and economic systems and their entanglements, and how judicial systems make choices between the legal and economic systems and, especially, between the public and private good and their often opposing interests.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1
25
Chapter 2
67
Chapter 3
87
Introduction to Part 2
101
Chapter 4
107
Chapter 5
125
Introduction to Part 3
153
Chapter 6
169
Chapter 8
237
Chapter 9
255
Chapter 10
265
Chapter 11
285
Chapter 12
307
Contributors
315
Name Index
321
Copyright

Chapter 7
215

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About the author (2011)

Nico Stehr is Karl Mannheim Professor of Cultural Studies at the Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen, Germany, and a fellow of the Center for the Advanced Study of the Humanities, Essen, Germany. During the academic year 2002-2003 he was Paul F. Lazarsfeld Professor at the University of Vienna. Stehr is also a professor emeritus of the University of Alberta. His research interests include sociology, economics and labor, globalization, and ecology.

Bernd Weiler was a fellow at the Karl-Mannheim-Chair for Cultural Sciences at Zeppelin University. His research interests focused on the intellectual history of the cultural sciences.

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