Terms of Use: Negotiating the Jungle of the Intellectual Commons

Terms of Use: Negotiating the Jungle of the Intellectual Commons

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Eva Hemmungs Wirtén
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2008
World Rights
240 Pages
ISBN 9780802093783
Published Sep 2008
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As a result of the digital revolution and the ever-increasing use of the internet, discussions around the conflict between copyright and the public domain are more prevalent than ever before. While these discussions have been hotly debated by legal scholars and in blogs and online forums, Terms of Use is one of the first books to concentrate on the conceptual foundations of the public domain.

Taking an interdisciplinary approach, Eva Hemmungs Wirtén reveals the nineteenth-century origins of contemporary phenomena such as blogs, wikis, the "Creative Commons," as well as the "Open Source" and "Open Access" movements. Hemmungs Wirtén examines topics as diverse as the pharmaceutical uses of plants, the patenting of DNA sequences, and Disney's reworking of Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Books in order to provide a frank theoretical discussion of how nature and culture have been transformed into intellectual property.

Timely and provocative, Terms of Use will challenge and inspire readers by providing an original and innovative approach to the understanding of the public domain and its origins.

Eva Hemmungs Wirtén is a professor of Mediated Culture in the Department of Social Change and Culture, Linköping University, Sweden.

This book is a well-written and welcome addition to the growing literature about copyright and cultural expression...A thoughtful and vivid argument defending the public domain as a form of the intellectual commons that must be protected from exploitation.

Philip Doty, Library and The Cultural Record, vol 45:03:10