“Putting Intellectual Property in its Place”, examines the relationship between creativity and intellectual property law on the premise that; despite concentrated critical attention devoted to IP law from academic, policy, and activist quarters; its role as a determinant of creative activity is overstated. The effects of IP rights or law are usually more unpredictable, non-linear, or illusory than is often presumed. Through a series of case studies focusing on nineteenth century U.S. newspapers, plant hormone research in Canada between the wars, “fake” art, online knitting communities, creativity in small cities, and legal practice; the authors discuss the many ways people comprehend the law through information and opinions gathered from friends, strangers, coworkers, and the media. They also show how people choose to share, create, negotiate, and dispute; based on what seems fair, just, or necessary; in the context of how their community functions in that moment; while ignoring or re-imagining legal mechanisms. This is not just the case, in places or professions with defined alternative regimes. The authors define their objective in this book as the everyday life of IP law. The book constitutes an experiment in non-normative legal scholarship and in building theory from material and located practice.
Murray, Laura J, Piper, S. Tina and Robertson, Kirsty, Putting Intellectual Property in its Place: Rights Discourses, Creative Labor, and the Everyday (May 2013). Oxford University Press, Forthcoming.