"Who Owns Knowledge? explores the emerging linkages between the extension of knowledge and the law. It anticipates that the legal system will not only be called upon to adjudicate in matters of creative minds, but will be expected to do so to an ever increasing degree.Linkages between the legal system and knowledge are bound to multiply in modern societies. Ironically, while increasingly relying on knowledge, we are simultaneously investing significant resources into controlling this same knowledge. This includes developing a system of legal governance over how knowledge is extended or enlarged. Such modes of governance may take the form of regulatory legal codes, or legal challenges and judgments that shape the evolution of modern society and potentially transform knowledge itself, as a productive force. Who Owns Knowledge? asks such questions as: What is the appropriate balance of public and private interests involved in this process? How can creative powers, natural resources and indigenous knowledge be protected from either public or private exploitation? Does the law have the power to prevent this exploitation, or is adaptive technology needed? Also, in this identity theft conscious age, how can the rights of the individual be protected against policies allowing access to any kind of information, especially confidential information? The editors and contributors demonstrate that the relationship between knowledge and the law needs to be further researched and discussed. Who Owns Knowledge? is a must-read for those interested in the subjects of intellectual property, the history and development of modern legal and economic systems and their entanglements, and how judicial systems make choices between the legal and economic systems and, especially, between the public and private good and their often opposing interests."--Provided by publisher.
Formatted Contents Note
part, 1 The Social Contexts of Knowledge and the Law / Steve Fuller chapter Introduction Knowledge and the Law: Can Knowledge be Made Just? / Nico Stehr Bernd Weiler chapter 1 The Law and Economics of Rights in Valuable Information / Edmund W. Kitch chapter 2 Scientific Norms, Legal Facts, and the Politics of Knowledge / Alfons Bora chapter 3 Is a Just System also Fair? Traversing the Domain of Knowledge, Institutions, Culture, and Ethics 1 / Anil K. Gupta part, 2 Major Social Institutions, Knowledge and the Law / Steve Fuller chapter 4 Fundamental Ignorance in the Regulation of Reactor Safety and Flooding: Risks of Knowledge Management in the Risk Society 1 / Michael Huber chapter 5 Science in Whose Interest? States, Firms, the Public, and Scientific Knowledge 1 / Renée E. Marlin-Bennet part, 3 The Social Context of Knowledge and the Law: Who Owns Knowledge / J. Rogers Hollingsworth chapter 6 The Difficult Reception of Rigorous Descriptive Social Science in the Law / Christoph Engel chapter 7 Inexplicable Law: Legality's Adventure in Europe * / Alexander Somek chapter 8 In Search of the Story / Viktor Mayer-Schönberger chapter 9 Does the Category of Justice Apply to Drug Research Based on Traditional Knowledge? The Case of the Hoodia Cactus and the Politics of Biopiracy / Wolfgang van den Daele chapter 10 Profiles and Correlatable Humans / Mireille Hildebrandt chapter 11 Research Ethics as the Latest Moral Panic in the Governance of Scientific Knowledge / Steve Fuller chapter 12 Concluding Observations / Ralf Rogowski.