Published: September 2008© 2008
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 240 Pages
Dimensions: 6.03 x 9.00
240 Pages, 6.03 x 9.00 x 0.60 in
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.
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