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Putting Intellectual Property in its Place: Rights Discourses, Creative Labor, and the Everyday

Laura J. Murray, S. Tina Piper, and Kirsty Robertson


This book examines the relationship between creativity and intellectual property law on the premise that, despite concentrated critical attention devoted to IP law from academic, policy, and activist quarters, its role as a determinant of creative activity is overstated. The effects of IP rights or law are usually more unpredictable, non-linear, or illusory than is often presumed. Through a series of case studies focusing on nineteenth-century journalism, “fake” art, plant hormone research between the wars, online knitting communities, creativity in small cities, and legal practice, the book d ... More

Keywords: creativity, intellectual property, IP law, creative activity, fake art, plant hormone research, online knitting, nineteenth-century journalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199336265
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199336265.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura J. Murray, author
Queen's University, Canada

S. Tina Piper, author
McGill University

Kirsty Robertson, author
University of Western Ontario