Access to Knowledge in the Age of Intellectual Property

Access to Knowledge in the Age of Intellectual Property

This book aims to make "access to knowledge" or A2K field accessible to those unfamiliar with it and to provide a place for those generating it to analyze its evolution, goals, tensions, and future.

Publication date: 01 Oct 2010

ISBN-10: n/a

ISBN-13: 9781890951962

Paperback: 652 pages

Views: 1,511

Type: Book

Publisher: The MIT Press

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported

Post time: 13 Nov 2016 12:00:00

Access to Knowledge in the Age of Intellectual Property

Access to Knowledge in the Age of Intellectual Property This book aims to make "access to knowledge" or A2K field accessible to those unfamiliar with it and to provide a place for those generating it to analyze its evolution, goals, tensions, and future.
Tag(s): Software Libre and Open Source
Publication date: 01 Oct 2010
ISBN-10: n/a
ISBN-13: 9781890951962
Paperback: 652 pages
Views: 1,511
Document Type: Book
Publisher: The MIT Press
License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported
Post time: 13 Nov 2016 12:00:00
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Gaëlle Krikorian and Amy Kapczynski wrote:At the end of the twentieth century, intellectual property rights collided with everyday life. Expansive copyright laws and digital rights management technologies sought to shut down new forms of copying and remixing made possible by the Internet. International laws expanding patent rights threatened the lives of millions of people around the world living with HIV/AIDS by limiting their access to cheap generic medicines. For decades, governments have tightened the grip of intellectual property law at the bidding of information industries; but recently, groups have emerged around the world to challenge this wave of enclosure with a new counter-politics of “access to knowledge” or “A2K.” They include software programmers who took to the streets to defeat software patents in Europe, AIDS activists who forced multinational pharmaceutical companies to permit copies of their medicines to be sold in poor countries, subsistence farmers defending their rights to food security or access to agricultural biotechnology, and college students who created a new “free culture” movement to defend the digital commons. 

Access to Knowledge in the Age of Intellectual Property maps this emerging field of activism as a series of historical moments, strategies, and concepts. It gathers some of the most important thinkers and advocates in the field to make the stakes and strategies at play in this new domain visible and the terms of intellectual property law intelligible in their political implications around the world. 

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About The Editor(s)


Amy Kapczynski is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School and faculty director of the Global Health Justice Partnership. Her areas of research including information policy, intellectual property law, international law, and global health.

Amy Kapczynski

Amy Kapczynski is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School and faculty director of the Global Health Justice Partnership. Her areas of research including information policy, intellectual property law, international law, and global health.


Gaëlle Krikorian is a doctoral student at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris and a member of the consultative board AC27 at the national research agency on HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis (ANRS).

Gaëlle Krikorian

Gaëlle Krikorian is a doctoral student at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris and a member of the consultative board AC27 at the national research agency on HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis (ANRS).


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