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Fashioning Intellectual Property


  • 12 b/w illus. 1 table
  • Page extent: 204 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.46 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 346.4104/8
  • Dewey version: 23
  • LC Classification: KD1289 .R53 2012
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Copyright--Great Britain--History--19th century

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521767569)

Vigorous public debate about intellectual property has a long history. In this assessment of the shifting relationships between the law and the economic, social and cultural sources of creativity and innovation during the long-nineteenth century, Megan Richardson and Julian Thomas examine the 'fashioning' of the law by focusing on emblematic cases, key legislative changes and broader debates. Along the way, the authors highlight how, in 'the age of journalism', the press shaped, and was shaped by, the idea of intellectual property as a protective crucible for improvements in knowledge and progress in the arts and sciences. The engagement in our own time between intellectual property and the creative industries remains volatile and unsettled. As the authors conclude, the fresh opportunities for artistic diversity, expression and communication offered by new media could see the place of intellectual property in the scheme of law being reinvented once again.

• Interdisciplinary study of intellectual property law will appeal to those who prefer to go beyond black-letter approaches • Demonstrates how economic, social and cultural influences in the period from the French Revolution to the First World War helped fashion intellectual property • Focus on exhibition, advertising and the press highlights some important and neglected sources of influence on the fashioning of intellectual property


Part I. The Journalism Age: 1. Grub Street biographers; 2. Author-journalists; 3. Agitators and dissenters; 4. End of the property right; Part II. The Exhibition-Effect: 5. Patent inadequacies; 6. Exhibition fever; 7. Lessons and compromises; 8. Rise of advertising; Part III. The Author-Brand Continuum: 9. Rethinking 'romantic' authorship; 10. The artist in an age of mechanical reproduction; 11. From fashion to brand; 12. Closing the categories; Epilogue; Appendices.


'It is fascinating to learn how IP law came about, by demonstrating the socio-legal aspects of UK common law and emerging legislation, later adopted in the United States and other common law countries … The book is packed with helpful and detailed footnotes, case citations and historical documents - demonstrating that Richardson and Thomas must have experienced great academic pleasure when trawling through archived material not necessarily available online. … The book makes fascinating reading, useful for IP law lecturers and practitioners in this field in that one gains detailed knowledge about the background and ever evolving law of intellectual property set within a well-researched historical context of the eighteenth to early twentieth centuries.' Entertainment Law Review

'The in-depth and rigorous treatment of the legal aspects with emphasis on the soft and hard provisions in various international agreements along with the succinct examples makes the book a valuable read for researchers, practitioners and policy makers alike.' Vijayalakshmi Asthana, Journal of Intellectual Property Rights

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