sociology of intellectual property?
I’ve been reading up on intellectual property of late. Here are some sources worth perusing and reading (some of them can be downloaded for free), along with some interviews and clips.
- Boldrine, M. and Levine, D. (2008.) Against Intellectual Monopoly (you can download all the chapters on the website). Cambridge University Press.
- Boyle, J. (2008.) The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind. Yale University Press. (Here’s a short lecture based on the book.)
- Cohen, J. (2012.) Configuring the Networked Self: Law, Code and the Play of Everyday Practice. Yale University Press. Here’s the open version. (And, lecture at Berkman.)
- Johns, A. (2010.) Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates. University of Chicago Press. (Here’s a C-SPAN interview.)
- Lessig, L. (2001.) The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connect World. Random House.
- Merges, R (2011.) Justifying Intellectual Property. Oxford University Press.
- Zemer, L. (2007). The Idea of Authorship in Copyright. Ashgate Publishing.
Interestingly, there isn’t meaningfully any kind of sociology of intellectual property, that I am aware of (feel free to correct me). Though several of the above scholars do call for increased dialogue between law and the social sciences (e.g., Julie Cohen), though this seems to be a relatively nascent area.
There is of course the “social construction” argument (e.g., that authorship or ownership is a myth)—a favorite argument of mine (e.g., see Beethoven and the Construction of Genius)—or the ubiquitous and tired references to “networks” (help!), but it seems that there is much opportunity in this space.