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The Copy/South Dossier Issues in the economics, politics, and ideology of copyright in the global South   By:

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THE COPY/SOUTH DOSSIER Issues in the economics, politics, and ideology of copyright in the global South

Edited by Alan Story Colin Darch and Debora Halbert Researched and published by The Copy/South Research Group May 2006

Published by the Copy / South Research Group Website: http://www.copysouth.org E mail address: contact@copysouth.org ISBN: 978 0 9553140 0 1 (downloadable online edition) 978 0 9553140 1 8 (printed edition)

Not restricted by copyright CONTENTS SOME INITIAL WORDS…..............................................................................................................3 INTRODUCTION..............................................................................................................................7 SECTION 1 – THE GLOBAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SYSTEM IS PRIVATISING HUMANITY’S COMMON CULTURAL HERITAGE............................................................11 1.1 Introduction................................................................................................................... 11 1.2 How privatisation and monopolisation discourage creativity and invention ............... 13 1.3 Why this tendency is against the interests of creators and society in general .............. 17 1.4 Monopoly ownership and its consequences for artistic expression ............................... 20 1.5 Average artists and conglomerates cannot benefit from the same copyright system .... 23 SECTION 2 – THE ECONOMICS OF GLOBAL COPYRIGHT: THE NET CAPITAL FLOW FROM THE GLOBAL PERIPHERY TO THE CENTRE............................................29 2.1 Introduction................................................................................................................... 29 2.2 Calculating copyright related capital flows from the global periphery to the centre .... 31 2.3 From TRIPS to TRAP: Free Trade Agreements and copyright .................................... 34 2.4 Reprographic collecting societies and their projected growth in the South................... 41 2.5 How much of this capital flow is related to copyright?................................................. 46 2.6 How ‘national treatment’ increases the net outflow of capital from the South............. 48 SECTION 3 – PRIVATISING THE PUBLIC DOMAIN AND IMPOSING WESTERN/NORTHERN ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT CULTURAL PRODUCTION......52 3.1 Introduction................................................................................................................... 52 3.2 The basic values and ideology of copyright ................................................................... 53 3.3 The differing traditions of cultural creation in the South ............................................. 56 3.4 Culture and creativity in the Arab countries................................................................ 61 3.5 Traditional/indigenous knowledge and copyright: a complex issue.............................. 65 3.6 The criminalisation of copying in the South and the ‘piracy’ question......................... 71 3.7 The privatisation of common culture proceeds in the South, at a quickening pace....... 76 3.8 Western cultural conglomerates and the global marketing of culture from the global South .................................................................................................................................. 79 3.9 The role of the World Intellectual Property Organisation in spreading the copyright system and its narratives to countries of the South ............................................................ 80 SECTION 4 – SERIOUS AND DAMAGING BARRIERS TO THE USE OF COPYRIGHTED MATERIALS IN COUNTRIES OF THE SOUTH....................................89 4.1 Introduction................................................................................................................... 89 4.2 Extending copyright terms extends privatisation....................................... Continue reading book >>




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