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Colonial Copyright

Intellectual Property in Mandate Palestine

Colonial Copyright by Michael D. Birnhack
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When the British Empire enacted copyright law for its colonies and called it colonial, or Imperial, copyright, it had its own interests in mind. Deconstructing the imperial policy regarding copyright offers a startling glimpse into how this law was received in the colonies themselves. Offering the first in-depth study from the point of view of the colonized, this book suggests a general model of Colonial Copyright as it was understood as the intersection of legaltransplants, colonial law, and the particular features of copyright, especially authorship.Taking as a case study the story of Mandate Palestine (1917-1948), the book details the untold history of the copyright law that became the basis of Israeli law, and still is the law in the Palestinian Authority. It queries the British motivation in enacting copyright law, traces their first, indifferent reaction, and continues with the gradual absorption into the local legal and cultural systems. In the modern era copyright law is at the forefront of globalization but this was no less truewhen colonial copyright first emerged. By shining a light on the introduction and reception of copyright law in Mandate Palestine, the book illuminates the broader themes of copyright law: the questions surrounding the concept of authorship; the relationship between copyright and the demands ofprogress; and the complications of globalization.
OUP Oxford; October 2012
336 pages; ISBN 9780191637193
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Title: Colonial Copyright
Author: Michael D. Birnhack
 
ISBNs
019163719X
9780191637193
9780199661138