International library of essays in law and society.
"Intellectual property has become a dominant feature of our knowledge based economy in recent years, but how has property rights in intangible items developed? This book brings together for the first time exemplary scholarship with diverse approaches to the history of United States intellectual property protection, including trade secrets, trademark, copyright, and patent law. These articles, written by leading experts in the field and often challenging conventional narratives, underscore the importance of historical perspectives for understanding how an extensive, evolving framework for the regulation of knowledge emerged in the modern period. By tracing intellectual property from an historical perspective - not merely providing justifications in philosophy or economics in the abstract - this book draws upon the past to address contemporary debates over such varied topics as: access to knowledge; policing copyright infringement; whether employees should own the products of their minds; the role of national borders in an age of digital information; and the very future of intellectual property as stakeholders and consumers contest the extent of its legal protection."--Provided by publisher.
First published 2012 by Ashgate Publishing.
Formatted Contents Note
chapter 1 Alexander Hamilton's Alternative: Technology Piracy and the Report on Manufactures chapter 2 A Tale of Two Copyrights: Literary Property in evolutionary France and America chapter 3 Toward a Theory of Copyright: The Metamorphoses of chapter 4 Removing the chapter 5 Copyrighting American History: International Copyright and the Periodization of the Nineteenth Century chapter 6 The Transformation of Antebellum Patent Law chapter 7 Property Rights and Patent Litigation in Early Nineteenth-entury America chapter 8 Reform(aliz)ing Copyright chapter 9 The Making of the Post-War Paradigm in American Intellectual Property Law chapter 10 One Hundred Years of Solicitude: Intellectual Property Law, 1900-2000.