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Shamans, software, and spleens : law and the construction of the information society

Author: James Boyle
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England : Harvard University Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Who owns your genetic information? Might it be the doctors who, in the course of removing your spleen, decode a few cells and turn them into a patented product? In 1990 the Supreme Court of California said yes, marking another milestone on the information superhighway. This extraordinary case is one of the many that James Boyle takes up in Shamans, Software, and Spleens, a timely look at the infinitely tricky
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Boyle
ISBN: 0674805224 9780674805224 0674805232 9780674805231
OCLC Number: 33408201
Description: xvi, 270 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. The Information Society --
2. Four Puzzles --
3. The Public and Private Realms --
4. Information Economics --
5. Intellectual Property and the Liberal State --
6. Copyright and the Invention of Authorship --
7. Blackmail --
8. Insider Trading and the Romantic Entrepreneur --
9. Spleens --
10. Stereotyping Information and Searching for an Author --
11. The International Political Economy of Authorship --
12. Private Censors, Transgenic Slavery, and Electronic Indenture --
13. Proposals and Objections --
Appendix A. An Afterword on Method --
Appendix B. The Bellagio Declaration.
Responsibility: James Boyle.


James Boyle explores matters as diverse as blackmail; ownership of genetic information; insider trading; Johnny Carson, Bela Lugosi and the Gay Olympics; the doctor as artist and the patient as  Read more...
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James Boyle's unusually adventurous Shamans, Software and Spleens...examines the ideological and practical issues raised by the figure of the author in contemporary law and legal theory...Boyle's Read more...

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