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Access to Knowledge in Brazil

“Brazil is one of the world’s most productive crucibles for new ideas and practices in innovation and collaboration. This meticulously researched book provides a sweeping tour of the issues arising from that leadership.”– Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, Co-Founder, Berkman Center for Internet & Society and author of The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It

“As policymakers around the world grapple with how to configure their intellectual property policies to promote innovation and economic growth, as well as public access to the fruits of intellectual labor, they would do themselves a huge favor by reading Lea Shaver’s excellent book, Access to Knowledge in Brazil. It offers a rich set of case studies and lessons learned from Brazil’s efforts to achieve these balanced policies. But all concerned citizens should learn a great deal from reading this highly accessible and sophisticated volume which explains how intellectual property rules touch on the lives of ordinary people, gives examples of open innovation projects that have been successful, and shows how international treaty obligations can be implemented well by learning lessons from when they were implemented less well. ” — Pamela Samuelson, Professor, University of California Berkeley, School of Information & School of Law

“Brazil’s award-winning program to combat AIDS-HIV is confronting new global patent laws that drive up the price of medicines, frustrating the government’s ability to meet its constitutional commitment to the right to health. At the same time, the cost of textbooks in Brazil is 270% higher than in Japan and 150% higher than in the United States, partly on account of strict copyright laws. In Brazil as around the world, ‘intellectual property’ is increasingly becoming a household word, as more and more ordinary citizens become aware how patents and copyrights profoundly affect our lives. In this illuminating book, Brazilians tell their own stories of their recent skirmishes with stringent international patent and copyright standards. Their essays evidence a nascent social movement for access to knowledge in Latin America and beyond. This is essential reading for anyone who cares about one of the most important human rights issues of the century: access to knowledge itself.” — Madhavi Sunder, Professor of Law, University of California Davis

Access to knowledge is critical for the construction of a democratic and equitable society. In order to ensure such an access, well designed national legislation and policies need to be adopted. This book discusses the methodologies and instruments that Brazil has implemented to achieve that objective. It provides information essential for policy makers, academics and civil society. This book is a new and important contribution supported by the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, which has pioneered work in this field. — Carlos M. Correa, Professor, University of Buenos Aires and author of Intellectual Property Rights, the WTO and Developing Countries

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