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Knowledge Power: Intellectual Property, Information, and Privacy [Paperback]

Renee Marlin-Bennett

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July 2004 1588262812 978-1588262813
Knowledge Power introduces the interconnected roles of intellectual property, information, and privacy and explores the evolution of the domestic and international rules that govern them. What roles are played by governments, individuals, firms, and others in shaping our knowledge world? How will the rules that we create - or unquestioningly accept - affect the contours of global society and of our own lives? Marlin-Bennett's provocative exposition highlights the tensions between market interests and privacy, and between property rights and obligations, that have been exacerbated by the new digital technologies. It is an impressively clear introduction to an exceedingly difficult subject.

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"A superb and comprehensive introduction to the issues and controversies surrounding intel lectual property, information, and privacy.... well conceived, accessible, and engaging." - Susan Sell; "Marlin-Bennett's long-needed analysis offers the best of all worlds - it is broad enough to begin making sense of the impact of technology on society, and specific enough to provide valuable, practical insights into situations that apply to the student, the scholar, and the policymaker." - Ken Rogerson; "An engaging, easy-to-read overview of a complex and important subject. Dr. Marlin-Bennett's book is neither too technical nor too polemical, which greatly increases its appeal." - Debra Spar"

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5.0 out of 5 stars An important, timely, and highly readable analysis Nov. 25 2004
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Knowledge Power examines in a thorough and compelling way basic questions of who owns information and who has access. No one today, even children, can escape the significance of these questions. Children surfing the web, teenagers purchasing "fake" designer goods from street vendors, and adults submitting income tax forms face complex issues related to proprietary information, intellectual property, and privacy.

As a psychologist, I especially liked Marlin-Bennett's discussion of the flow of personal information. Her evaluation of the often porous boundary between public and private information is enlightening; the definition of confidential is shifting. The limitations on one's right to privacy are carefully and thoughtfully examined. The rules are changing and each person has a role to play in shaping the fine balance of ownership of and access to knowledge; therein lies the power.

The audience for this book is wide. The text is enlivened by examples from sports, music, science, business, etc. I strongly recommend this book to those who feel the tension between the rights of government and business versus those of the individual. You will become informed about rights and responsibilities in the Information Age and prepared to enter the debate.

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