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Copyright History in Review

Cooper, Elena

This Working Paper is a re-print of reviews of recent scholarly books concerning the history of the laws that we today term ‘intellectual property’ by Elena Cooper published in The Burlington Magazine, Law and History Review, Law, Culture and the Humanities and the Modern Law Review. The first three reviews, concerning the work of Katie Scott (Becoming Property, 2018, Yale University Press), Derek Miller (Copyright and the Value of Performance, 2018, CUP) and Will Slauter (Who Owns the News? 2019, Stanford University Press) chart a change in recent copyright history scholarship - a shift in the focus of copyright history away from books and literary works to other subject matter (visual art, drama and news) – and can be read in conjunction with the accompanying CREATe Working Paper ‘Introduction to Art and Modern Copyright: The Contested Image (CUP, 2018)’ also by Elena Cooper (CREATe Working Paper 2021/4). The final review concerns a collection of essays concerning the history of intellectual property more generally edited by Claudy Op den Kamp and Dan Hunter (A History of Intellectual Property in 50 Objects, 2019, CUP) which examines the history of intellectual property law through the lens of 50 different objects. Taken together, the reviews reveal the depth and breadth of historical work in the field and the richness of historical perspectives as a terrain for future study.

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