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The Venetian moment : new technologies, legal innovation and the institutional origins of intellectual property.

May, Christopher (2002) The Venetian moment : new technologies, legal innovation and the institutional origins of intellectual property. Prometheus, 20 (2). pp. 159-179. ISSN 1470-1030

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Abstract

The role of the Venetian republic in the history of intellectual property is not well known although the innovations which were later codified into law by the British Crown, and which are usually regarded as heralding the age of intellectual property, were first developed a century before in Venice. This article explores these precursors to the more commonplace understanding of the origins of intellectual property law, and draws some parallels between the current debates about property in knowledge and the time of its first formal emergence some 500 years ago.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Prometheus
Uncontrolled Keywords: Intellectual Property ; Patents ; Venice ; Printing ; Strategic Trade Policy
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 35551
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 24 Jan 2011 09:39
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:53
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/35551

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