Protect or Plunder?

Protect or Plunder? : Understanding Intellectual Property Rights

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Intellectual property rights, TRIPS, patents - they sound technical, even boring. Yet, as Vandana Shiva shows, 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.

In this readable and compelling introduction to an issue that lies at the heart of the so-called knowledge economy, Vandana Shiva makes clear how this Western-inspired and unprecedented widening of the concept does not in fact stimulate human creativity and the generation of knowledge. Instead, it is being exploited by transnational corporations in order to increase their profits at the expense of the health of ordinary people, and the poor in particular, and the age-old knowledge and independence of the world's farmers. Intellectual protection is being transformed into corporate plunder. Little wonder popular resistance around the world is rising to the WTO 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 17.78 x 198.12 x 5.08mm | 113.4g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • tables, references, index
  • 1842771094
  • 9781842771099
  • 1,487,156

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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

'Vandana Shiva is a burst of creative energy and intellectual power.'
The Progressive
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About Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva is a world-renowned environmental thinker and campaigner. A former physicist, feminist and philosopher, she is prominent in citizens' actions against environmental destruction, and critical of the latest agricultural and genetic engineering technologies and the giant corporations which control them. A leader in the International Forum on Globalization along with Ralph Nader and Jeremy Rifkin, Vandana Shiva won the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize (the Right Livelihood Award) in 1993.
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Table of contents

1. Introduction: Patents - An Ethical Crisis
2. The Role of Patents in History
3. The Myth of Patents
4. Threats to Biodiversity
5. Biopiracy
6. Can Seed Be Owned?
7. Profiteering from Disease
8. Democracy or Dictatorship?
9. The Way Forward
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