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Access to Knowledge in Brazil: New Research on Intellectual Property, Innovation and Development
  • Lea Shaver

Access to knowledge is a demand for democratic participation, for global inclusion and for economic justice. It is a reaction to the excessively restrictive international IP regime put in place over the last two decades, which seeks to reassert the public interest in a more balanced information policy. With sponsorship from the Ford Foundation, the Information Society Project has embarked on a new series of access to knowledge research, in partnership with colleagues in Brazil, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Russia and South Africa.

The first book in this series, Access to Knowledge in Brazil, focuses on current issues in intellectual property, innovation and development policy from a Brazilian perspective. Each chapter is authored by scholars from the Fundação Getulio Vargas law schools in São Paolo and Rio de Janeiro and examines a policy area that significantly impacts access to knowledge in the country. These include: exceptions and limitations to copyright, free software and open business models, patent reform and access to medicines, and open innovation in the biotechnology sector.

"Brazil is one of the world's most productive crucibles for new ideas and practices in innovation and collaboration. This meticulously researched book provides a sweeping tour of the issues arising form that leadership."—Jonathan Zittrain Professor, Harvard Law School

"As policy makers around the world grapple with how to configure their intellectual property policies to promote innovation and economic growth, as well as public access to the fruits of intellectual labor, they would do themselves a huge favor by reading Lea Shaver's excellent book."—Pam Samuelson, Professor University of California, Berkeley

"This is essential reading for anyone who cares about one of the most important human rights issues of the century: access to knowledge."—Madhavi Sunder, Professor of Law, University of California Davis

More detailed reviews at:

  • innovation,
  • intellectual property,
  • copyright,
  • patents,
  • patent law,
  • development,
  • economics,
  • software,
  • music,
  • culture,
  • technology,
  • ICT,
  • medicines,
  • pharmaceuticals,
  • right to health,
  • access,
  • knowledge,
  • access to knowledge,
  • Brazil,
  • piracy,
  • WIPO,
  • WTO,
  • law,
  • policy,
  • IP,
  • TRIPS,
  • open access,
  • Internet,
  • free culture,
  • open business
Publication Date
Lea Shaver
Bloomsbury Academic
Citation Information
Lea Shaver. Access to Knowledge in Brazil: New Research on Intellectual Property, Innovation and Development. London(2010)
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