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|ISBN:||0674805224 9780674805224 0674805232 9780674805231|
|Description:||xvi, 270 p. ; 25 cm.|
|Contents:||1. The Information Society --
2. Four Puzzles --
3. The Public and Private Realms --
4. Information Economics --
5. Intellectual Property and the Liberal State --
6. Copyright and the Invention of Authorship --
7. Blackmail --
8. Insider Trading and the Romantic Entrepreneur --
9. Spleens --
10. Stereotyping Information and Searching for an Author --
11. The International Political Economy of Authorship --
12. Private Censors, Transgenic Slavery, and Electronic Indenture --
13. Proposals and Objections --
Appendix A. An Afterword on Method --
Appendix B. The Bellagio Declaration.
Now more than ever, information is power, and questions about who owns it, who controls it, and who gets to use it carry powerful implications. Boyle finds that our ideas about intellectual property rights rest on the notion of the Romantic author - a notion that Boyle maintains is not only outmoded, but actually counterproductive, restricting debate, slowing innovation, and widening the gap between rich and poor nations. What emerges from this lively discussion is a compelling argument for relaxing the initial protection of authors' works and expanding the concept of the fair use of information.