DTEM2450-Spring20 Readings & Material

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Week 1 Theories of Property

Carruthers, Bruce G., and Laura Ariovich. “The sociology of property rights.” Annu. Rev. Sociol. 30 (2004): 23-46.

Week 2 Theories of Intellectual Property

Boyle, J. (2008) The Public Domain: Enclosing the commons of the mind. New Haven, Conn, 2008. Chapter 1. Why intellectual Property

Hesse, C. (2002). The rise of intellectual property, 700 BC-AD 2000: An idea in the balance. Daedalus131(2), 26-45.

Week 3 History of Copyright

Corrigan, R. (2007). Colmcille and the Battle of the Book: Technology, Law and Access to Knowledge in 6th Century Ireland.

Boyle & Jenkins (2018) Intellectual Property: Law & the Information Society—Cases and Materials pp 293 – 331 Copyright

Week 4 Copyright Cases

Nichols v. Universal Pictures Corp. et al,

Computer Associates v. Altai, Inc. ,

Anderson v. Stallone

Arnstein v. Porter,

Dawson v. Hinshaw Music,

Newton v. Diamond

Week 5 Fair Use

Rife, M. C. (2007). The fair use doctrine: History, application, and implications for (new media) writing teachers. Computers and Composition24(2), 154-178.

Week 6 Exam

Week 7 Building on the Past

Lethem, J. (2007). The ecstasy of influence.

Frye, B. L. (2019). Plagiarize This Paper. IDEA: The IP Law Review.

Hess, M. (2006). Was Foucault a plagiarist? Hip-hop sampling and academic citation. Computers and Composition23(3), 280-295.

Aoki, K., Boyle, J., & Jenkins, J. (2017). Theft! A History of Music.

Week 8 Free and Open Source Software

Berry, D. M. (2008). Copy, rip, burn: The politics of copyleft and open source. Pluto Press. Chapter 1.

Liang, L. (2004). A guide to open content licences. Chapter 2 Copyleft contextualised

Week 9 Creative Commons

Garcelon, M. (2009). An information commons? Creative Commons and public access to cultural creations. New Media & Society11(8), 1307-1326.

Vaidhyanathan, S. Open Source as Culture in Mandiberg, M. (Ed.). (2012). The social media reader. NYU Press.

Week 10 Spring Break

Week 11 Who Owns Culture?

Appiah, K. A. (2006). Whose culture is it?. New York Review of Books53(2), 38.

Cuno, J. (2014). Culture War: The Case Against Repatriating Museum Artifacts. Foreign Affairs93(6), 119-129.

Pelletier-Gagnon, J., & Pérez Trujillo Diniz, A. (2018). Colonizing Pepe: Internet memes as cyberplaces. Space and Culture.


Ethiopian 18th Century crown returns home from Netherlands https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-51571409

Will Britain lose the Elgin marbles? Greece sets its own conditions for any future EU trade deal with Britain https://www.economist.com/britain/2020/02/20/will-britain-lose-the-elgin-marbles

The Dos and Don’ts of Cultural Appropriation by Jenni Alvins & Quartz (2015) https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/10/the-dos-and-donts-of-cultural-appropriation/411292/

Week 12 Bodies

Munzer, S. R. (1994). An uneasy case against property rights in body parts. Social Philosophy and Policy11(2), 259-286.

Kahn, J. (2015) Inventing Race as a Genetic Commodity in Biagioli, M., Jaszi, P., & Woodmansee, M. (Eds.). (2015). Making and unmaking intellectual property: creative production in legal and cultural perspective. University of Chicago Press.

Sarah Zhang (2018) When a DNA Test Shatters Your Identity The Atlantic

Week 13 The Public Domain

Boyle, J. (2002). Fencing off ideas: Enclosure & the disappearance of the public domain. Daedalus131(2), 13-25.

Week 14 Remix

Lessig, L. (2008). In defense of piracy. The Wall Street Journal11.

Lessig, L. (2008). Remix: Making art and commerce thrive in the hybrid economy. Penguin. Chapter 11 How Creativity Is Being Strangled by the Law

Week 15 Open Access

Suber, P. (2012) Open Access Chapter 1. What is Open Access

Hockenberry, B. L. (2013). The Guerilla Open Access Manifesto: Aaron Swartz, open access and the sharing imperative.

Bodó, B. (2018). The genesis of library genesis: The birth of a global scholarly shadow library. Shadow libraries: access to knowledge in global higher education.

Week 16 The Future of Property

Perzanowski, A., & Schultz, J. (2016). The end of ownership: Personal property in the digital economy. MIT Press. Chapter 8 The Internet of Things You Don’t Own