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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (1 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853839175
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853839177
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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'A singularly apposite book.' Computer Bulletin 'Well-written, vigorously argued and beautifully clear.' Journal of Public Administration 'A compelling read.' International Journal of Law and Information Technology 'The book provides an overview of how international property rules have been quietly redrawn in the past 20 years. An interesting point for the sector is the call for broader coalitions to be formed to challenge such measures.' Third Sector 'Information Feudalism succeeds where other works with similar goals fail. It presents a factually based analysis of the situation of the existing regime of international protection of ownership that requires serious attention.' International Journal of Law and Information Technology 'A thick, detailed and meticulously-researched narrative on how and why a significant policy change came to be made, including important insights into the perspectives of key actors and bodies. This book is to be warmly welcomed.' Journal of Public Administration

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Peter Drahos and John Braithwaite are both professors in the Australian National University, Canberra, and Co-authors of Global Business Regulation.

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the book is easy to read, because of the organised structure + interesting case studies :)
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HASH(0x923e73cc) out of 5 stars An important eye opener and a "must read" 6 Jan. 2004
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I am surprised that this book has not been reviewed previously. It is an extremely important eye opener into the methods used by big business to coopt a system intended for the public good - the intellectual property system - and transform it into a new kind of feudalism whereby large corporations combine to perpetually own and tax information.
The history of this effort is delineated in a way clearly understandable by the layman (me) and should be required reading by NGOs and others who are our only bulwark against this movement.
The effect of the corporate effort on public health (by the pharmaceutical companies and the biogopolies) and and our rights to the information commons (by the computer and the entrtainment industries) is laid bare.
If i have a criticism, it is that not enough is said about how this frightening trend can be opposed.
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HASH(0x923e0378) out of 5 stars a lot of information clearly laid out 27 Jun. 2004
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I was amazed that I had not heard of this book until I picked it up at an academic bookstore.
The thesis of this book is (in part) that large corporations and media conglomerates have acquired a near monopoly on patents and copyrights that allows them to exploit the consumer and, more horribly, second- and third-world nations that desperately need drugs that US companies can provide for diseases like AIDS.
The book gives an excellent background of the history of these corporate structures and carefully defines its terms. It may be a bit dense and, at times, one wonders when they are going to get to their main point, but I, who was unfamiliar with the history of the "corporation," found the introductory material very enlightening.
As with all such problem-solution works, the problem is stated much more clearly than the solution, but I was impressed that the "solution" section wasn't "what you the individual can do to fight big business" but a call to larger organizations and governmental officials to reverse the trend toward patent and copyright monopoly.
I was, at times, skeptical of the authors' historical analogies and illusions, but perhaps that is because I study literature for a living and am always "deconstructing" such things.
HASH(0x923e048c) out of 5 stars The book points out the dangers and abusiveness of some intellectual property laws. 18 May 2014
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The book clearly shows how some intellectual property laws such as patents and copyrights can be abused and taken advantage of by some people. The book shows that the great dangers of some intellectual property laws are that competition suffers as a result. There are connections between information feudalism and medieval feudalism. The holder of the intellectual property may be in a position of central command in the market. Competition suffers as a result. Copyright, for example, is becoming an anti-innovation regime used to suppress the threat of changes that innovation begins. The bulk of intellectual property rights are not owned by their initial creators, but by corporations. Whenever an important commercial asset such as Mickey Mouse threatens to fall into the public domain because copyright protection is about to expire, ferocious lobbying often takes place to extend the term of the copyright protecting the asset.
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