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Fashioning Intellectual Property: Exhibition, Advertising and the Press, 1789-1918 (Cambridge Intellectual Property and Information Law)
Fashioning Intellectual Property: Exhibition, Advertising and the Press, 1789-1918 (Cambridge Intellectual Property and Information Law)
by Megan Richardson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 65.52

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent historical overview of intellectual property law, 20 May 2012
The book has been written by two law professors from Melbourne University in a `great burst of enthusiasm' (Preface p. xi), examining intellectual property law development against technological advancement in printing (and the print press) and the complex relationship between exhibitions and advertising in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Historical case law is exemplified by twelve illustrations such as a family photograph of Queen Victoria by Roger Fenton (c.1854, p. 44) to mark the well-known authority of Prince Albert v Strange of 1849. We learn that the press was intrusive even then, as Oscar Wilde wrote in the Fortnightly Review in his article `The Soul of Man under Socialism' (p. 43). The property right in unpublished works and the action for breach of confidence is still based on Albert v Strange, and further imparted on a lesser known case that of Pollard v Photographic Company (1889). Both cases can still be cited today involving property rights together with statutory copyright actions (pp. 47-49).
The book is helpfully brimming with detailed footnotes, case citations and historical documents, whereby the authors must have had great fun in trawling through archived material not all necessarily available online. The text then moves from common law to the Copyright Act of 1911 and the Berne Convention of 1886. We learn that Charles Dickens even engaged in `A Poor Man's Tale of Patent, published in October 1850, a poor man `tale of woe': "If the laws of this country were as honest as they ought to be, you would have come to London -registered an exact description and drawing of your invention - paid half-a-crown or so for doing of it - and therin and thereby have got your Patent." (pp. 60 - 61). After `exhibition fever', the authors move on to the rise of advertising, also including licensing and distribution. We learn that the first Whitely Department Store (inspired by the Chrystal Palace) produced the first advertising manual of all exhibitions and displays (p. 87). The case of Walter v Lane (1889) is usually the start of any student essay on copyright, featuring the row concerning Lord Rosebery's rousing speeches in Parliament and the Times claiming copyright for its stenographers' transcript of these speeches. The Court of Appeal eventually granted the Times copyright in its verbatim reports of Lord Rosebery's lectures and speeches, because the reporters had used considerable mental skill and judgement to perfect the `mechanical art of stenography' and therein their reports. This then was the victory for the press and its reporters (pp. 119 - 121). This - in turn - protected the commercial interest of newspapers thereafter.
Fashion and branding is discussed in chapter 11, with interesting exposition of the post War Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs in Paris in 1926 with a focus on celebrity fashion and styles from couturiers in Paris, London and New York, and the worry about copyright theft from the house of Chanel for example (p. 140).
The book closes with a helpful epilogue explaining that IP law did not just emerge in a vacuum but against changes in international exhibitions, inventions and varying rules and regulations across continents, in the world of printing, the media, fashion and industrial design, leading to the TRIPS agreements that protect trademarks to this day. Apart from the illustrations there are some useful statistics patents, designs and trademarks, dating back to 1884 in Appendix B by the Comptroller-General (pp. 164 - 165).
The book is fascinating for law lecturers who teach IP as well as those who are experts in the field in that they learn about evolving law in this field set against a well-researched historical context.

BaByliss 2583BU Pro Cordless Styler - 19 mm
BaByliss 2583BU Pro Cordless Styler - 19 mm
Price: 17.99

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant replacement for the Braun styler, 30 May 2011
I must have had at least three Braun stylers; all of which would break down within a year or so. I now have this Babyliss styler. It's great. But I cannot get replacement energy cells anywhere. Boots is out of stock; Argos is out of stock. Ebay has blocked all 'energy cell' & babyliss products due to a Paris court ruling. I'll now try the rather expensive Amazon option. Let's hope the energy cells arrive and last a long time! for that price.

Young People and Offending: Education, Youth Justice and Social Inclusion
Young People and Offending: Education, Youth Justice and Social Inclusion
by Martin Stephenson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 28.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Ursula Smartt - Criminologist, 21 Jan 2008
Martin Stephenson (2007) examines the theoretical and practical functions of school and family and links these to why young people commit crime. He links criminological theories, with a useful literature review, to possible familial and societal failures, arriving at educational facilities in our youth prisons of today. The book is useful for those working in youth courts, as YOTS, teachers or criminologists interested in youth crime.

by Tim Newburn
Edition: Paperback
Price: 40.09

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb for teachers and students of criminology, 31 Dec 2007
This review is from: Criminology (Paperback)
Tim Newburn's volumous yet lively `Criminology' (2007) serves as an excellent introduction to all current themes in criminology. Chapter 1 `understanding crime and criminology' serves as a comprehensive introduction to criminology for students who are either new to the subject or need a quick revision guide to criminology. The textbook covers all popular areas found in criminology and criminal justice, illustrated by graphics, photographs and newspaper extracts. I have certainly recommended it to all my criminology students at all levels of study at Thames Valley University. Ursula Smartt, Senior Lecturer at Law and Criminology.

The Rough Guide to India (Rough Guide Travel Guides)
The Rough Guide to India (Rough Guide Travel Guides)
by David Abram
Edition: Paperback

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable guide, particularly if you fall ill!, 14 April 2002
We travelled extensively around Delhi, then took cars, trains and flights to Rajastan, Agra, UP, MP, Kajurahu, Varanassi, Mumbai and finally Goa. In spite of taking the most enormous precautions, and thumbing the book well before we even left the UK - we did get ill. Thanks to the book, we knew what to do, and where to go. Well-thumbed the book has now found its way to a couple of friends who are planning an India trip with it. The Health Section of the book really saved our lives, particularly when we were nearly killed in a car crash on the dusty road to Kajurahou. I did not get ill when I visited the largest jail in the Asian continent in Delhi to do some research, but in a five star hotel! This book is a must for anyone travelling to India.

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