Protect or Plunder? : Understanding Intellectual Property Rights, Paperback

Protect or Plunder? : Understanding Intellectual Property Rights Paperback

Part of the Global Issues S. series

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Intellectual property rights, TRIPS, patents - they sound technical, even boring.

Yet what kinds of ideas, technologies, identification of genes, even manipulations of life forms can be owned and exploited for profit by giant corporations is a vital issue for our times.

Vandana Shiva shows how the Western-inspired and unprecedented widening of the concept of intellectual poperty does not in fact stimulate human creativity and the generation of knowledge.

Instead, it is being exploited by transnational corporations to increase their profits at the expense of the health of ordinary people especially the poor, and the age-old knowledge of the world's farmers.

Intellectual protection is being transformed into corporate plunder.

Little wonder popular resistance is rising around the world to the World Trade Organization, that polices this new intellectual world order, the pharmaceutical, biotech and other corporations which dominate it, and the new technologies they are foisting upon us.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144 pages, tables, references, index
  • Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: History of ideas
  • ISBN: 9781842771099



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One of the world's most prominent radical scientists' - The Guardian'The South's best known environmentalist' - New Internationalist'Vandana Shiva is a leading physicist who abandoned an exciting career in her country's nuclear energy programme because she felt …. that arrogant late 20th century science now poses such a threat to the "web of life" (of which we are merely a part) that a committed scientist should take the side of Nature against further artifice and destruction.' - The Observer'Shiva has devoted her life to fighting for the rights of ordinary people in India. Her fierce intellect and her disarmingly friendly, accessible manner have made her a valuable advocate for people all over the developing world.' - Ms. Magazine'Vandana Shiva is a burst of creative energy and intellectual power.' - The Progressive'A leading thinker who has eloquently blended her views on the environment, agriculture, spirituality, and women's rights into a powerful philosophy.' - Utne Reader

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