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Access to Knowledge in Egypt: New Research on Intellectual Property, Innovation and Development
  • Lea Shaver
  • Nagla Rizk, American University in Cairo

The conventional wisdom in Egypt examines the issue of intellectual property solely as a question of policing and enforcement. The high levels of protection indicated by the WTO Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights are unquestioningly assumed to be desirable. Policy debates—and all too often academic ones as well—focus only on the questions of how to more efficiently tighten IP protection and crack down on “piracy.” Yet a more critical examination is urgently needed, whereby IP law, policy, and practice are viewed from a development perspective, rather than from an enforcement perspective.

This volume takes on this endeavour. It offers the first examination of IP issues in Egypt adopting a multidisciplinary bottom-up approach that aims at maximizing access and contribution to knowledge, and in turn, promoting development. Bringing rigorous empirical research to bear on unquestioned ideologies, the collaborating authors question the conventional wisdom that more IP protection is necessarily better for innovation and development.

"This book is an important contribution to recovering a nuanced, contextually aware view of access to knowledge and global knowledge governance"—Yochai Benkler, Harvard Law School

"This is a 'must read' for scholars and practioners interested in economic development, cultural production and access to knowledge"—Susan Sell, George Washington University

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,
  • Egypt,
  • piracy,
  • WIPO,
  • WTO,
  • law,
  • policy,
  • IP,
  • TRIPS,
  • open access,
  • Internet,
  • free culture,
  • open business
Publication Date
Nagla Rizk & Lea Shaver
Bloomsbury Academic
Citation Information
Lea Shaver and Nagla Rizk. Access to Knowledge in Egypt: New Research on Intellectual Property, Innovation and Development. London(2010)
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