Amy Kapczynski

Amy Kapczynski is Assistant Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, Law School. She cofounded Universities Allied for Essential Medicines in 2002.

  • Access to Knowledge in the Age of Intellectual Property

    Access to Knowledge in the Age of Intellectual Property

    Gaëlle Krikorian and Amy Kapczynski

    A movement emerges to challenge the tightening of intellectual property law around the world.

    At the end of the twentieth century, intellectual property rights collided with everyday life. Expansive copyright laws and digital rights management technologies sought to shut down new forms of copying and remixing made possible by the Internet. International laws expanding patent rights threatened the lives of millions of people around the world living with HIV/AIDS by limiting their access to cheap generic medicines. For decades, governments have tightened the grip of intellectual property law at the bidding of information industries; but recently, groups have emerged around the world to challenge this wave of enclosure with a new counter-politics of “access to knowledge” or “A2K.” They include software programmers who took to the streets to defeat software patents in Europe, AIDS activists who forced multinational pharmaceutical companies to permit copies of their medicines to be sold in poor countries, subsistence farmers defending their rights to food security or access to agricultural biotechnology, and college students who created a new “free culture” movement to defend the digital commons.

    Access to Knowledge in the Age of Intellectual Property maps this emerging field of activism as a series of historical moments, strategies, and concepts. It gathers some of the most important thinkers and advocates in the field to make the stakes and strategies at play in this new domain visible and the terms of intellectual property law intelligible in their political implications around the world.

    A Creative Commons edition of this work will be freely available online.

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  • Economics after Neoliberalism

    Economics after Neoliberalism

    Joshua Cohen

    How we can look beyond the tyranny of market logic in our public lives to reimagine the fundamentals of democracy.

    Bringing together thirty-two world-class economists, Economics After Neoliberalism offers a powerful case for a new brand of economics—one focused on power and inequality and aimed at a more inclusive society.

    Three prominent economists—Suresh Naidu, Dani Rodrik, and Gabriel Zucman—lead off with a vision for economic policy that stands as a genuine alternative to market fundamentalism. Contributors from across the spectrum expand on the state of creative ferment Naidu, Rodrik, and Zucman describe and offer new essays that challenge the current shape of markets and suggest more democratic alternatives.

    Featuring contributions from Quinn Slobodian (Globalists), Corey Robin (The Reactionary Mind), Dani Rodrik (The Globalization Paradox), William Easterly (The Tyranny of Experts) and Samuel Bowles (The Moral Economy).

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