A Cultural History Of Copyright: From Books To Networks

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Combining philosophical and historical perspectives, this book focuses on the rise of a legal institution that has dominated the economy of knowledge ever since it burst onto the scene at the dawn of modernity in the heartlands of Europe. From the age of print to the age of networks and disruptive technologies, this book explores the place of copyright amid the various conceptual transformations it has undergone over time. Uniquely, it presents an in-depth philosophical treatment of the cultural history of copyright from its beginnings to the present. Although copyright is a central topic, the content is by no means limited to it. The main question the author seeks to answer is: how do legal institutions emerge and how do they evolve over time? Though copyright is a wonderful example for tackling this question, a selection of other institutions, such as the social practice of promising in eighteenth-century Britain, are also addressed at considerable length. What the author has managed to show in this book is that the transformations which modern law has undergone since the eighteenth century are inextricably linked to those which have shaped the modern subject to the core. Law forms part of those great schemes of intelligibility that allow us to understand ourselves better. We need to delve deep into the multiple layers of culture if we want to fully understand how the morphology and cultural archaeology of our legal institutions intertwine.

Author(s): Julio Carvalho
Edition: 1
Publisher: Springer
Year: 2023

Language: English
Commentary: TruePDF | Full TOC | PDF/X-1:2001
Pages: 149
Tags: Theories Of Law; Philosophy Of Law; Legal History; IT Law; Media Law; Intellectual Property

Chapter 1: Introduction: `Don´t Think, Look!´, said Wittgenstein. But Where to Look From?
Chapter 2: The British Landscape
2.1 Starting with the Literary Property Debate
2.2 The Intellectual Labour
2.3 The Author, the Genius, and the Pleasures of the Imagination
Chapter 3: Copyright in Eighteenth-Century Germany
3.1 The Ontology of Books in the Age of Print
3.2 Authorship in the Days of Goethe
3.3 The Geniezeit
Chapter 4: The Social Ontology of Legal Institutions
4.1 Sympathy, Transgression, and Evolutionary Theory: The Example of Copyrights
4.2 Habits, Law, and the Tacit Dimension
Chapter 5: Going Digital
5.1 The Digitisation of Society and the World of Life
5.2 Legal Collisions
Chapter 6: Out of Joint
6.1 A Global Legal Esperanto or a Fair Measure of Pragmatic Scepticism?
6.2 The Weight of the Past and the Weight of the Future
6.3 Into the Heart of Darkness: Teubner´s Cannibalising Epistemes as Another Case of Pragmatic Scepticism
Chapter 7: The Contextualism of Law
7.1 Getting Rid of Naïve Conceptions of Law
7.2 Widening the Web
7.3 The Thick Web of Culture: Some Final Remarks by Way of Conclusion