Intellectual Property, Markets, and Cultural Flows
Exploring best practices in the use and spread of digital cultural resources
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Since 2003, this project has mobilized social research on the role of intellectual property in the global information society, focusing on the cultural flows between developed and developing countries and on the convergence of culture, trade, technology, and information policy. The project has focused especially on three "problem topics" for the regulation of cultural production: free/open source models of production, traditional or indigenous knowledge, and piracy. We are currently working on a project entitled "Toward Detente in Media Piracy," a multi-country comparative study with research teams in Bolivia, Brazil, India, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, and the U.S.