Erickson, K. and Wei, L., 2015. Intellectual property enclosure and economic discourse in the 2012 London Olympic Games. Media, Culture and Society, 37 (3), 409 - 421.
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Special legislation associated with mega sporting events has enabled new forms of cultural enclosure, effectively commoditising aspects of cultural expression that previously remained in the public domain. In this article, the authors examine the tension between economic and political justifications for hosting the Olympics and the intellectual property enclosures that are imposed upon host nations. These enclosures extend beyond what is traditionally protected under trade mark law, to include ‘generic’ terms. Enabling market competitors to freely use generic, descriptive language is a core doctrine of trade mark law, seeking to balance monopoly IP rights with free market competition. The authors evaluate the impact of special legislative enclosures on the public interest, and argue that collective access to expression should be more carefully considered in political and economic calculations of the value of the Olympics.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||discourse; enclosure; IP; Olympics; public domain; trade mark|
|Group:||Faculty of Media & Communication|
|Deposited By:||Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic|
|Deposited On:||17 May 2016 12:35|
|Last Modified:||17 May 2016 12:35|
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