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The Capitalisation of the Academy: Intellectual Property, The University, and The Work of Knowledge and Information Professionals

ISBN13: 9781843341338
To be Published: September 2022
Publisher: Chandos Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £47.50
Hardback edition publication abandoned, ISBN13 9781843341925

This is a highly relevant and accessible book designed to introduce readers to a 'big picture' account of the dynamics associated with the establishment of the new information and knowledge-based economy. The author demonstrates that at the core of these dynamics is the contentious issue of the corporate ownership of intellectual property and the impact that the ownership is having, and increasingly likely to have, not only on the work of information professionals in particular and knowledge workers in general but also on the public at large. She argues that if business and commercial interests are free to appropriate, to exercise monopolistic control and to exploit the generation, exchange, dissemination, storage and retrieval of knowledge and information for the limited purposes of private profit, this is likely to put at risk the freedom of inquiry, the free flow and exchange of ideas, and unimpeded public access to knowledge and information on which scientific research and technological innovation depend

Intellectual Property Law
Part I – The intellectual property market and the rise of the
knowledge industry
intellectual property and the arrival of the information
the profit imperative and the inner dynamics of the capitalist market
the intellectual property trade and its implications for the knowledge
Part II – Intellectual Property, the Knowledge Industry and the work
of Information Professionals
the alienation and marketisation of intellectual
property and the rise of the capitalist commodity market regime
commodification of intellectual property and the process of knowledge
production, exchange and dissemination
Intellectual Property and the
imperatives of perpetual technological and organisational change.
Part III The
changing role of information professionals in the information age
strategies and managing information in the age of digitalisation
and the trade in intellectual property and information
reclaiming their
autonomy: information professionals resolving the intellectual property crisis.