Intellectual Property Rights and Communications in Asia: Conflicting Traditions

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Pradip Thomas, Jan Servaes
SAGE, 2006. gada 4. aug. - 262 lappuses
RIGHT-WRONG; LEGAL-ILLEGAL. Such simple binary notions cannot be used to assess issues related to intellectual property and communications. One of te key dilemmas in the field of intellectual property rights today is the need for a system that rewards innovation and creativity while encouraging the social availability and distribution of ideas in the public domain. And this is the balance that this volume sets out to strike.

With the ownership of IP becoming a core feature of media/information industries and state policy, issues related to access to knowledge and its use have become a matter of critical concern. While trade regimes, the state and the core cultural and information industries have begun to advocate greater scope for a variety of knowledge enclosures, civil society is increasingly arguing for a people-centred vision of knowledge futures. This vision includes the need for equity-based and flexible licensing regimes; the legitimacy of local solutions to IP-related issues; support for cultural diversity; and access to knowledge based on need rather than the ability to pay for knowledge.

The central argument of this volume is that since access to knowledge in a knowledge economy is a passport to a better quality of life, then its fair distribution and universal availability ought to become a standard norm. The articles in this volume explore the contested nature of the ownership of and access to knowledge and support it with illustrative case studies from the Asian region.

Exhaustively discussed from the point of view of the dominant ‘power’ interests as also the ‘margins’ (or indigenous communities), this volume provides emerging solutions supportive of public domain.

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List of Tables
7
United States Trade Policy and
38
Copyright and the Global Good?
58
Copyright Competition Policy
79
Indigenous Knowledge in the
103
Indigenous Knowledge and Intellectual
116
Copyright
130
Chinas Efforts for International Cooperation
149
Culture Communication and the Meaning
164
Australian Sport Property Rights
191
Accessing Negotiating
219
Markets
241
Index
255
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Jan Servaes (Ph.D., 1987, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium) is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (USA), Editor-in-Chief of Communication for Development and Social Change: A Global Journal (Hampton Press), Associate Editor of Telematics and Informatics: An International Journal on Telecommunications and Internet Technology (Elsevier), Editor of the Southbound Book Series Communication for Development and Social Change, and Editor of the Hampton Book Series Communication, Globalization and Cultural Identity. He chaired the Scientific Committee for the World Congress on Communication for Development (Rome, 25–27 October 2006), organized by the World Bank, FAO and the Communication Initiative.

Servaes has taught International Communication and Development Communication in Australia (Brisbane), Belgium (Brussels and Antwerp), the USA (Cornell), the Netherlands (Nijmegen) and Thailand (Thammasat, Bangkok). He has been President of the European Consortium for Communications Research (ECCR, www.eccr.info) and Vice-President of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR, www.iamcr.net), in charge of Academic Publications and Research, from 2000 to 2004.

Servaes has undertaken research, development, and advisory work around the world and is known as the author of journal articles and books on such topics as international and development communication; ICT and media policies; intercultural communication and language; participation and social change; and human rights and conflict management.

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