Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Paper: Vaidhyanathan's Celestial Jukebox

Siva Vaidhyanathan made a first draft of this short IP books review paper available for comment on his blog, but now the final version is available on SSRN: Celestial Jukebox: The Paradox of Intellectual Property. I once attended a presentation by him in Amsterdam on his Anarchist in the Library. His historical analysis of IP went beyond the American borders, which was refreshing. I can only underscribe one of his observations, and try to work to it:
Global accounts of recent trends in intellectual property constitute the greatest gap in the literature. The provincialism, the Americanism, of the field is deeply troubling. Almost all of the books on the subject are written for and about America. In a global information age (and book market) this makes no sense.

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