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A History of Intellectual Property in 50 Objects

Edited by: Claudy Op den Kamp, Dan Hunter

ISBN13: 9781108420013
Published: June 2019
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £25.00

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What do the Mona Lisa, the light bulb, and a Lego brick have in common? The answer - intellectual property (IP) - may be surprising, because IP laws are all about us, but go mostly unrecognized.

They are complicated and arcane, and few people understand why they should care about copyright, patents, and trademarks. In this lustrous collection, Claudy Op den Kamp and Dan Hunter have brought together a group of contributors - drawn from around the globe in fields including law, history, sociology, science and technology, media, and even horticulture - to tell a history of IP in 50 objects.

These objects not only demonstrate the significance of the IP system, but also show how IP has developed and how it has influenced history. Each object is at the core of a story that will be appreciated by anyone interested in how great innovations offer a unique window into our past, present, and future.

  • Proposes an interdisciplinary view of intellectual property that will appeal to not only to lawyers or legal scholars, but a wide range of readers
  • Translates complex ideas of intellectual property into relatively lay language
  • Utilizes an innovative approach in telling stories through objects, which engages those relatively new to the topic as well as those who are well-versed in the topic

Intellectual Property Law
Part I. Introduction: Of People, Places, and Parlance Claudy Op den Kamp and Dan Hunter
Objects: Part II. The Pre-Modern Period:
1. Goryeo celadon Hee-Kyoung Spiritas Cho
2. Murano glass vase Stefania Fusco
3. Mona Lisa Andrea Wallace
4. Tempesta map of Rome Jane C. Ginsburg
Part III. The Age of Invention:
5. Hogarth engraving Michael Punt
6. Lithograph Amanda Scardamaglia
7. Morse telegraph Adam Mossoff
8. Singer sewing machine Lionel Bently
9. Uncle Tom's Cabin Peter Jaszi
10. Corset Kara W. Swanson
11. A. G. Bell telephone Christopher Beauchamp
12. Light bulb Stef van Gompel
13. Oscar Wilde portrait Megan Richardson
14. Kodak camera Jessica Lake
15. Kinetoscope Peter Decherney
16. Deerstalker hat Ronan Deazley
17. Paper print Claudy Op den Kamp
Part IV. Modern Times:
18. Player piano roll Maurizio Borghi
19. Champagne Dev S. Gangjee
20. Steamboat Willie Peter Decherney
21. PH-lamp Stina Teilmann-Lock
22. Climbing rose Brad Sherman
23. Penguin paperback Stuart Kells
24. Ferragamo Wedge Marianne Dahlén
25. Aspirin pill Catherine Bond
Part V. The Consumption Age:
26. Bell transistor Beth Webster
27. Oral contraceptive pill Melanie Brown
28. Photocopier Jessica Silbey
29. Elstar Apple Jeroen Scharroo
30. Chanel 2.55 Jeannie Suk Gersen
31. Lego brick Dan Hunter and Julian Thomas
32. Barbie doll Dan Hunter and Greg Lastowka
33. Coca-Cola bottle Jacob Gersen and C. Scott Hemphill
34. Zapruder film Brian L. Frye
35. Audiotape cassette Robin Wright
36. Action figure Jason Bainbridge
37. RAM-chip Jake Goldenfein
38. Football Michael J. Madison
Part VI. The Digital Now:
39. Polymer banknote Tom Spurling
40. Post-it note Stavroula Karapapa
41. Betamax Julian Thomas
42. Escalator Megan M. Carpenter
3D printer Dinusha Mendis
44. CD Matthew David
45. Internet Jonathan Zittrain
46. Wi-fi router Terry Healy
47. Viagra pill Graham Dutfield
48. Qantas skybed Mitchell Adams
49. Mike Tyson tattoo Marie Hadley
50. Bitcoin Primavera De Filippi.