Debora Halbert

Debora Halbert
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa | UH Manoa · Department of Political Science

PhD

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This chapter investigates the political and cultural implications of regulating speech via copyright. After an exploration of copyright governance within the context of Susan Strange’s knowledge structure framework, this chapter discusses cultural governance through copyright as a mode of censorship. I take up two recent examples where copyright wa...
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Using the framework of a knowledge structure as conceptualized by Susan Strange, this article addresses the loss of flexibilities in international intellectual property (IP) regimes and the corresponding global criminalization of IP as serious topics of concern. The knowledge structure of IP frames a very specific type of global political economy....
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This article discusses Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and in particular global IPR expansion. That globally protected intellectual property (IP) is more valuable than ever must be set against the fact that today's global network capitalism, in which IP is so valuable, also enables information to circulate beyond IP control. Similarly, global IP...
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About a decade ago, intellectual property started getting systematically treated as a national security threat to the United States. The scope of the threat is broadly conceived to include hacking, trade secret theft, file sharing, and even foreign students enrolling in American universities. In each case, the national security of the United States...
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This paper is designed to seek out the everyday narratives of copyright. To find these narratives, I analyze the comments section of websites where users can post their reactions to copyright-related stories. I argue that understanding how people who are not legal scholars frame the use of copyright as they discuss sharing, owning, and controlling...
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In this article we seek to expand the conversation about the possible new relationships and dilemmas that arise at the nexus between neuroscience, creativity, authorship and intellectual property. This article does not use traditional legal argumentation to understand the future of intellectual property, but rather deploys a scenario-based interrog...
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This article seeks to interrogate the concept of global citizenship through the disruptive lens of the American expatriate. The goal of this inquiry is to use empirical research done on American expatriates, including the results of a survey conducted by the authors, to better understand issues of citizenship and politics amongst American expatriat...
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Formally, ownership of ideas is legally impossible, and can never be globally secured. Yet, in very real and significant ways these limits have been undone. In principle, ideas cannot be owned, yet, undoing the distinction between ideas and tangible manifestations, the distinction which underpins the principle, allows the principle to hold even whi...
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It does not take too much by way of predictive capabilities to know that the future will be one that includes political and economic volatility, environmental challenges, and disruptive technological innovations. A future of environmental destruction, impoverished living conditions, overpopulation, and a growing reliance on computer technology have...
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Expatriate communities are a relatively understudied aspect of political life that pose questions about national identity, citizenship and the attitudes of citizens towards the state. Expatriates are examples of individuals who "opted out" of life within their home country either voluntarily or for reasons associated with work or family. While immi...
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"This paper argues that the terms of service (TOS) agreements, also sometimes referred to as end user license agreements (EULAs), governing virtual worlds have important implications for the political and legal structures under which our virtual selves will function. This essay will focus on four key political concepts central to all TOS agreements...
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This paper offers an analysis of the intersection between anarchism and copyright law by drawing on interviews with publishers working for anarchist and radical presses operating in the United States. Given the ideological commitment of anarchists to a critique of property rights within a capitalist system, it can be hypothesized that anarchist pub...
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Quilting is an area of creative work rich in tradition that demonstrates how ideas and inspiration flow between quilters as they share with each other, move to new parts of the country, and develop their own designs. While commercial patterns have been copyrighted, quilting has generally existed under the radar of copyright law, primarily because q...
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In 2005, a group of scholars and activists, mostly from the global South, created the Copy/South Research Group to analyse, criticise, and confront the oppressive nature of current global copyright regimes, such as those defended by the World Intellectual Property Organisation, and similar ones around the globe. In May 2006, 22 of us, including 15...
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In 1994, Enigma produced the international hit album, The Cross of Changes, which sold over 6 million copies worldwide. The title song, “Return to Innocence,” was integrated into numerous commercials and even played at the Olympics; but had an ironic twist. Taiwanese singers, Difang and Agay, discovered that their voices appeared on the “Return to...
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Shulamith Firestone was a foundational second-wave feminist thinker. Firestone’s radical feminism argued for a future where technology was used to eliminate sexism by freeing women from childbirth and liberating both men and women from the patriarchal nuclear family. In many important ways, Firestone’s work is the precursor for contemporary cyberfe...
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The expansion of copyright and the shrinking of the public domain did not begin with the Internet, but the Internet has exacerbated the problem. The threat posed by digital technology has led industries to obtain increasingly absolute protection over their "property." In this paper I will argue that developing a vibrant public domain is essential f...
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"In the following section I will evaluate the promise of the open source model as a viable path that moves beyond current copyright dilemmas. First, I will look briefly at the types of licensing agreements that come with computer software today. Second, I will describe how UCITA represents a model for licensing that is too expansive and the resista...
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The article begins with the realist assumption in political science that posits that political violence and chaos occurs in the absence of the state, and that the international system is congenitally anarchic. Using the Y2K problem and the 11 September 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in New York as two instances of violent political phenomena...
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The future for intellectual property law is ripe with possibilities. Even as the U.S. government passes legislation that will make it more difficult to exchange information, technology is rapidly transforming the way we think and use the objects of intellectual property law. This article outlines our probable future if we continue to pass laws that...
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4 While the environmental movement, especially in the United States, may be loosing its effectiveness, this paper joins the chorus of voices rising to counter the argument that environmental resistance is dead. Instead, I argue that environmental resistance is evolving to confront a substantively different world than the one in which early social p...
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The aim of the dossier is to open up debate on the real impact of copyright laws affecting the people of the more than 150 developing countries in the Global South, many of whom have never read a book, have no access to the Internet and are facing an indeterminate future. The dossier highlights issues that are not only unique to the Global South, b...

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