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ISTD01H3 Lecture Notes - Bioprospecting, Ice Wine, Knowledge Economy

International Studies
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Leslie Chan

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November 22, 2010
Office Hours:
Mon 2-4
Tues 9-4
Final exam is cumulative!!
How we can look at copyright today: A clash between the “industrial” and the “networked information society”?
Quote from Liang:
Commons-based approach. Doing things for free; free music. They get to know you, a form of
advertising/promoting popularity and make a reputation for themselves.
Reputation in this increasingly digital world is a very valid form of “currency”; has value. Build credibility
“Linked In” professional tool for people to get reputation.
Key Issues
What are Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs)?
What are the relations between IPRs and the “knowledge economy”?
How do IPRs differ from other kinds of rights?
What are the impacts of new technologies on IPR?
What are the major trends in global IPR development
What roles do WIIP and WTO play?
How do IPR relate to “Indigenous knowledge” and “biopiracy”
What are the implications for Developing Countries
What is “property”? What is the difference between conventional property and “intellectual” property?
Indenture labour -> a side of labour
Human trafficking. Bought their contracts. Modern form of slavery
Conventional property: car, house, etc.
Notion of property is dependent on sociological factors: religion, etc.
Private Good
Paid for by yourself; can share with others. Not publicly available for everyone to use
Public Good
Roads paid for by taxes; except for 407
Water; water is free except for costs for purification and infrastructure
Public Domain
Romeo & Juliet is copyright no longer applies (70 years). Things that are no longer under copyright are
free to use and no royalties need to be collected.
Richest source of creativity and economic well-being
The Commons
U.S. so dependent on intellectual property as a source of income, therefore they find it crucial for copyright laws
to be applied for as long as “life + 70 years”
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