Copyrighting Culture: The Political Economy of Intellectual Property

By Ronald V. Bettig | Go to book overview

Contents
List of Tables ix
Acknowledgments xi
1 Introduction to the Political Economy of Intellectual Property 1
Thematic Overview, 2
A Note on Theory and Method, 6
Notes, 8
2 Critical Perspectives on the History and Philosophy of Copyright 9
Theoretical Approaches, 10
The Prehistory of Intellectual Property Rights, 11
The Origins of Copyright, 15
Origins and Development of U.S. Copyright Law, 24
Notes, 28
3 "Who Owns the Message?" The Ownership and Control of Culture and Information 33
The Radical Political Economy of Communications, 34
Ownership and Control of the Culture Industries, 34
(Re)Discovering the Capitalist Class, 42
Ownership and Control of Media and Copyrights, 49
Conclusion, 68
Notes, 68
4 The (Political) Economics of Intellectual Property 79
The Economics of Intellectual Property, 79
The Economics of Filmed Entertainment, 93
The Debate over the Efficiency of Copyright, 103
Conclusion, 109
Notes, 110

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