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The Commodification of Information

By Keith Elkin, Neil Weinstock Netanel


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Information and the marketplace are uneasy bedfellows. It is particularly among groups that need to share information--the academic and scientific communities, for example--that viewing it as something that can be bought and sold is intrusive and even damaging.

A conference of specialists--with expertise encompassing the area of law and practice where intellectual property, communications, privacy, free speech, collaborative research, and international trade all intersect--met under the auspices of the University of Haifa Faculty of Law in May 1999. This book presents the penetrating analyses and recommendations that emerged from that conference.

A broad spectrum of views is expressed, from commercialism as the liberator of free speech to commodification as de facto censorship. Among the vital topics discussed, the interested reader will find the following:

  • how market-driven doctrine and rhetoric jeopardize the cultural commons;
  • market control as copyright's new paradigm;
  • the free software movement;
  • how the ECHR may impose limits on EU copyright law, especially property rights in databases;
  • the conflict between availability of domestic media and international free trade;
  • tracking and manipulation of personal Internet use;
  • patenting DNA sequences and DNA molecules;
  • how "commercial" speech trumps "free" speech; and
  • the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and its redefinition of such traditional IP concepts as "fair use" and "market failure". INFORMATION LAW SERIES 11
  • Last Updated 11/01/2002
    Product Line Kluwer Law International
    ISBN 9789041198761
    SKU 10059539-0001