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Conflicts in the Knowledge Society
The Contentious Politics of Intellectual Property


Part of Cambridge Intellectual Property and Information Law

  • Date Published: July 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107542525

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  • In Conflicts in the Knowledge Society, Sebastian Haunss demonstrates how conflicts relating to the international system of intellectual property have resulted in new cleavages in the knowledge society. Furthermore, he argues that new collective actors have emerged from these conflicts with the ability to contest the existing dominant order. With a focus on political opportunity structures, collective action networks and framing strategies, he combines a theoretical discussion of social change in the knowledge society with empirical analyses of four recent developments: software patents in Europe, access to medicines, Creative Commons licensing and Pirate Parties.

    • Helps reader to understand how and why seemingly separate developments relating to intellectual property are connected
    • Provides a theoretical background which aids the understanding of current conflicts about intellectual property rights and offers empirical underpinnings to the notion of social change
    • Explores the social processes without which the current conflicts about IP cannot be fully understood
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    '[Haunss] considers that 'the politicization of IP … is embedded in more wide-ranging processes of social change associated with the transformation of industrial societies into knowledge societies'. The book states that from those conflicts have emerged new collective actors 'with the ability to contest the existing dominant order.' Maëli Astruc, Intellectual Property Watch

    '[This] study is a clear 'must' for all intellectual property specialists with an interest in the political dimension of intellectual property.' Alex Metzger, Journal of Intellectual Property

    'Sebastian Haunss studies the most visible movements that have challenged international intellectual property (IP) regimes … a good overview of recent IP conflicts for those hoping to gain a better understanding of the stakes involved.' Eden Medina, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107542525
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • contains: 20 b/w illus. 9 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The politicization of intellectual property
    3. Conflict and change in the knowledge society
    4. Software patents in Europe
    5. Access to medicines
    6. Pirates and commoners
    7. Conclusion: new cleavages and new collective actors.

  • Author

    Sebastian Haunss, Universität Bremen
    Sebastian Haunss is a senior researcher in political science at the University of Bremen, where his research interests are social conflicts and political mobilisations in the knowledge society, changes in political and economic legitimacy, social networks and social movements.

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