Feminist Aesthetics and Copyright Law: Genius, Value, and Gendered Visions of the Creative Self

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Ragavan, Srividhya, and Irene Calboli, eds. Diversity in Intellectual Property: Identities, Interests, and Intersections. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2015.


Copyright; Feminist theory


"In this chapter, my goal is to uncover, in copyright’s most basic patterns, the hidden aesthetics of copyright law as viewed from a critical feminist perspective. My suggestion is that conceptions of aesthetic value and its production are stitched into the very fabric of copyright law, defining its contours and determining the purposes it serves – and what is more, these conceptions of aesthetic value are fundamentally gendered."


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