15 February 2019

BOOK: Claudy OP DEN KAMP and Dan HUNTER, eds., A history of Intellectual Property in 50 Objects (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019). ISBN 9781108420013

(Source: CUP)

Cambridge University Press is publishing a book on the history of IP in 50 objects.


What do the Mona Lisa, the light bulb, and a Lego brick have in common? The answer — intellectual property (IP) — may be suprising, because IP laws are all about us, but go mostly unrecognized. They are complicated and arcane, and few people understand why they should care about copyright, patents, and trademarks. In this lustrous collection, Claudy Op den Kamp and Dan Hunter have brought together a group of contributors — drawn from around the globe in fields including law, history, sociology, science and technology, media, and even horticulture — to tell a history of IP in 50 objects. These objects not only demonstrate the significance of the IP system, but also show how IP has developed and how it has influenced history. Each object is at the core of a story that will be appreciated by anyone interested in how great innovations offer a unique window into our past, present, and future.


Claudy Op den Kamp, Bournemouth University

Claudy Op den Kamp is Senior Lecturer in Film and faculty member at the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management (CIPPM) at Bournemouth University, UK, and Adjunct Research Fellow at Swinburne Law School, Melbourne. She has previously worked as Haghefilm Conservation's Account Manager, as a Film Restoration Project Leader at the Nederlands Filmmuseum, and as a senior research assistant in the film restoration research project DIASTOR at the Department of Film Studies at the University of Zurich. Her monograph, The Greatest Films Never Seen: The Film Archive and the Copyright Smokescreen, was published in 2018.

Dan Hunter, Swinburne Law School, Australia

Dan Hunter is the founding dean of Swinburne Law School, Melbourne. He is an international expert in internet law, intellectual property, and artificial intelligence models of law. He has previously held positions at QUT Law School, New York Law School, Melbourne Law School, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and Cambridge University. He is author of Intellectual Property (2012) and co-author of For The Win: How Game Thinking Can Revolutionize Your Business (2012).


I. Introduction: Of People, Places, and Parlance Claudy Op den Kamp and Dan Hunter
Objects: II. The Pre-Modern Period:
1. Goryeo Celadon Hee-Kyoung Spiritas Cho
2. Murano Glass Vase Stefania Fusco
3. Mona Lisa Andrea Wallace
4. Tempesta Map of Rome Jane C. Ginsburg
III. The Age of Invention:
5. Hogarth Engraving Michael Punt
6. Lithograph Amanda Scardamaglia
7. Morse Telegraph Adam Mossoff
8. Singer Sewing Machine Lionel Bently
9. Uncle Tom's Cabin Peter Jaszi
10. Corset Kara W. Swanson
11. A.G. Bell Telephone Christopher Beauchamp
12. Light Bulb Stef van Gompel
13. Oscar Wilde Portrait Megan Richardson
14. Kodak Camera Jessica Lake
15. Kinetoscope Peter Decherney
16. Deerstalker Hat Ronan Deazley
17. Paper Print Claudy Op den Kamp
IV. Modern Times:
18. Player Piano Roll Maurizio Borghi
19. Champagne Dev S. Gangjee
20. Steamboat Willie Peter Decherney
21. PH-Lamp Stina Teilmann-Lock
22. Climbing Rose Brad Sherman
23. Penguin Paperback Stuart Kells
24. Ferragamo Wedge Marianne Dahlén
25. Aspirin Pill Catherine Bond
V. The Consumption Age:
26. Bell Transistor Beth Webster
27. Oral Contraceptive Pill Melanie Brown
28. Photocopier Jessica Silbey
29. Elstar Apple Jeroen Scharroo
30. Chanel 2.55 Jeannie Suk Gersen
31. Lego Brick Dan Hunter and Julian Thomas
32. Barbie Doll Dan Hunter and Greg Lastowka
33. Coca-Cola Bottle Jacob Gersen and C. Scott Hemphill
34. Zapruder Film Brian L. Frye
35. Audiotape Cassette Robin Wright
36. Action Figure Jason Bainbridge
37. RAM-Chip Jake Goldenfein
38. Football Michael J. Madison
VI. The Digital Now:
39. Polymer Banknote Tom Spurling
40. Post-it Note Stavroula Karapapa
41. Betamax Julian Thomas
42. Escalator Megan M. Carpenter
43. 3D Printer Dinusha Mendis
44. CD Matthew David
45. Internet Jonathan Zittrain
46. Wi-Fi Router Terry Healy
47. Viagra Pill Graham Dutfield
48. Qantas Skybed Mitchell Adams
49. Mike Tyson Tattoo Marie Hadley
50. Bitcoin Primavera De Filippi.
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