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Intellectual Property Rights and the Corporate Confiscation of Creativity

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This book describes how corporate powers have erected a rapacious system of intellectual property rights to confiscate the benefits of creativity in science and culture. This legal system threatens to derail both economic and scientific progress, while disrupting society and threatening personal freedom. Perelman argues that the natural outcome of this system is a world of excessive litigation, intrusive violations of privacy, the destruction system of higher education, interference with scientific research, and a lopsided distribution of income.

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Indicting the current regime of intellectual property rights as offering great power to corporations but little incentive to actual creators of worth and as being dangerous to democracy itself, Perelman (economics, California State U. at Chico) details some of the more egregious cases of injustice in the name of intellectual property and explores some of their implications. He argues that they make the intellectual undermines economic efficiency, creates a more intrusive society, and increases the gap in the distribution of income. He suggests that we should see knowledge and information as a social good (i.e. the property of all). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : Palgrave, c2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312294083
Characteristics: 265 p. ; 25 cm


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