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Sophia Roosth

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226440323

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226440637.001.0001

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The Rebirth of the Author: New Life in Legal and Economic Circuits

The Rebirth of the Author: New Life in Legal and Economic Circuits

(p.81) Chapter Three The Rebirth of the Author: New Life in Legal and Economic Circuits

Sophia Roosth

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 3, “The Rebirth of the Author,” turns to how novel bioengineered organisms mirror synthetic biologists’ arguments about how such creatures should be exchanged. It shows that ideas about genetic exchanges within biotic systems underwrite the ways biologists think about economic exchange, in particular how analogies of life to either text or machines shape the way synthetic biologists think about and act upon intellectual property decisions ranging from patenting, copyright, Open Source, and copyleft to credit, attribution, and publishing. Not only shaping epistemological definitions (of what life is) or normative claims (about what it should be), these analogies impact the way bioengineering gets done and the legal and economic regimes that are installed in and around it.

Keywords:   intellectual property, copyleft, Open Source

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