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Owning culture: Authorship, ownership and intellectual property law


2000 2000

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Owning Culture demonstrates how the fabric of social life in most Western countries—and increasingly, the world—is deeply bound up with the logic(s) of intellectual property law. The primary new question that is asked, which provides the focus for this dissertation, is the following. What happens to an area of cultural production that had been previously (relatively) untouched by the sphere of intellectual property law when that area is immersed in these new social relations? To better understand why people resist, adapt, or cease to engage in cultural practices at particular historical moments and in situated social contexts, I use articulation theory to help me identify and map the particular elements at play in the privatization of culture. By primarily focusing on ownership patterns, battles over ownership, and the effects of the corporate ownership of culture, political economists have ignored many interesting questions that are raised when cultural texts become commodified and subject to laws of private ownership. If one looks beyond the political economy of cultural production and shifts the unit of analysis to the location where culture is produced, a whole new set of questions emerge—questions that focus on the way in which intellectual property law affect the day to day lived experiences of cultural producers and consumers.

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Subject
Mass media;
Law;
Cultural anthropology
Classification
0708: Mass media
0398: Law
0326: Cultural anthropology
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Social sciences; Authorship; Culture; Intellectual property law; Ownership
Title
Owning culture: Authorship, ownership and intellectual property law
Author
McLeod, Kembrew
Number of pages
417
Publication year
2000
Degree date
2000
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 61/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780599844759, 0599844752
Advisor
Jhally, Sut
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9978527
ProQuest document ID
304605317
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304605317
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