A History of Intellectual Property in 50 Objects
 
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ISBN13:9781108420013
ISBN10:110842001X
Binding:Hardback
No. of pages:440 pages
Size:261x184x38 mm
Weight:1930 g
Language:English
Illustrations: 353 colour illus.
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A History of Intellectual Property in 50 Objects

 
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Short description:

This volume brings together a group of contributors from varied backgrounds to tell a history of intellectual property in 50 objects.

Long description:
What do the Mona Lisa, the light bulb, and a Lego brick have in common? The answer - intellectual property (IP) - may be surprising, because IP laws are all about us, but go mostly unrecognized. They are complicated and arcane, and few people understand why they should care about copyright, patents, and trademarks. In this lustrous collection, Claudy Op den Kamp and Dan Hunter have brought together a group of contributors - drawn from around the globe in fields including law, history, sociology, science and technology, media, and even horticulture - to tell a history of IP in 50 objects. These objects not only demonstrate the significance of the IP system, but also show how IP has developed and how it has influenced history. Each object is at the core of a story that will be appreciated by anyone interested in how great innovations offer a unique window into our past, present, and future.

'If you gave someone just a list of the eclectic objects in this book and asked 'what have these got in common?' they would be utterly stumped. But not if you gave them also this delicious book. What an original idea to show how intellectual property ideas and laws have been the bedrock upon which so much human creativity has been built over the centuries and around the world. And how well that idea has been executed here.' Robin Jacob, former judge in the Court of Appeal of England and Wales and author of IP and Other Things
Table of Contents:
Part I. Introduction: Of People, Places, and Parlance Claudy Op den Kamp and Dan Hunter; Objects: Part II. The Pre-Modern Period: 1. Goryeo celadon Hee-Kyoung Spiritas Cho; 2. Murano glass vase Stefania Fusco; 3. Mona Lisa Andrea Wallace; 4. Tempesta map of Rome Jane C. Ginsburg; Part III. The Age of Invention: 5. Hogarth engraving Michael Punt; 6. Lithograph Amanda Scardamaglia; 7. Morse telegraph Adam Mossoff; 8. Singer sewing machine Lionel Bently; 9. Uncle Tom's Cabin Peter Jaszi; 10. Corset Kara W. Swanson; 11. A. G. Bell telephone Christopher Beauchamp; 12. Light bulb Stef van Gompel; 13. Oscar Wilde portrait Megan Richardson; 14. Kodak camera Jessica Lake; 15. Kinetoscope Peter Decherney; 16. Deerstalker hat Ronan Deazley; 17. Paper print Claudy Op den Kamp; Part IV. Modern Times: 18. Player piano roll Maurizio Borghi; 19. Champagne Dev S. Gangjee; 20. Steamboat Willie Peter Decherney; 21. PH-lamp Stina Teilmann-Lock; 22. Climbing rose Brad Sherman; 23. Penguin paperback Stuart Kells; 24. Ferragamo Wedge Marianne Dahl&&&233;n; 25. Aspirin pill Catherine Bond; Part V. The Consumption Age: 26. Bell transistor Beth Webster; 27. Oral contraceptive pill Melanie Brown; 28. Photocopier Jessica Silbey; 29. Elstar Apple Jeroen Scharroo; 30. Chanel 2.55 Jeannie Suk Gersen; 31. Lego brick Dan Hunter and Julian Thomas; 32. Barbie doll Dan Hunter and Greg Lastowka; 33. Coca-Cola bottle Jacob Gersen and C. Scott Hemphill; 34. Zapruder film Brian L. Frye; 35. Audiotape cassette Robin Wright; 36. Action figure Jason Bainbridge; 37. RAM-chip Jake Goldenfein; 38. Football Michael J. Madison; Part VI. The Digital Now: 39. Polymer banknote Tom Spurling; 40. Post-it note Stavroula Karapapa; 41. Betamax Julian Thomas; 42. Escalator Megan M. Carpenter; 43. 3D printer Dinusha Mendis; 44. CD Matthew David; 45. Internet Jonathan Zittrain; 46. Wi-fi router Terry Healy; 47. Viagra pill Graham Dutfield; 48. Qantas skybed Mitchell Adams; 49. Mike Tyson tattoo Marie Hadley; 50. Bitcoin Primavera De Filippi.