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Access to Knowledge in Egypt“This exceptional volume is an important new addition to the literature on access to knowledge. In each carefully researched and well-written chapter, it reveals Egypt’s essential role in the global movement as well as the importance of access to knowledge in its culture and technology sectors.” — Michael Geist, Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-Commerce Law at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law

“Though its immediate focus is Egypt this book has a much wider relevance. It is essential reading for all those interested in the Access to Knowledge movement and the current debate about intellectual property rights and development worldwide. With chapters covering everything from the diplomatic history of the intellectual property “development agenda” to open source software, pharmaceutical innovation and the Egyptian music industry, the authors provide an indispensable guide to the questions facing intellectual property policy and economic development and do so with concrete examples in a particular, and fascinating, national context. The authors of each chapter are leaders in the field and the introduction is clear and comprehensive. Highly recommended.” — James Boyle, William Neal Reynolds Professor of Law and co-founder of the Center for the Study of the Public Domain at Duke Law School

“This volume is an important contribution to recovering a nuanced, contextually aware view of access to knowledge and global knowledge governance. Its detailed, careful studies provide a much more refined window on the world of innovation and creativity in Egypt than the standard models would permit. The essays Rizk and Shaver collect and author here contribute to our recovery of a deeper understanding of how the production of information, innovation, culture, and knowledge affects the core of human development and human rights.” — Yochai Benkler, Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman Professor for Entrepreneurial Legal Studies, Harvard Law School

“Access to Knowledge in Egypt is an outstanding example of the empirical, granular, multidisciplinary study of local laws, industries, and conditions required to understand how best to promote development and access to knowledge in the global South. The authors present lucid and illuminating analyses of Egypt’s leading role in promoting a development agenda in the international intellectual property treaty regime and of Egypt’s policies and markets in the areas of pharmaceuticals, the music industry, open source software, and information and communications technology. In so doing, this book at once cogently presents a cautionary tale against one-size-fits-all solutions and highlights the centrality of access to knowledge for economic well-being, innovation, and human liberty.” — Neil Netanel, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

“Nagla Rizk and Lea Shaver have brought together a skilled, multi-disciplinary team to examine access to knowledge issues in Egypt. The volume includes well-informed analysis across patent and copyright issues and excellent discussions of open source software, information and communications technologies, and music and cultural production in Egypt. Based on primary documents, first-hand experience, numerous interviews, as well as scholarly literature, this book both juxtaposes and connects intellectual property policy across multilateral, regional, bilateral, national level, and individual practices. It makes a compelling case for policy coordination for access to knowledge in ways that best suit Egyptian development needs. This is a “must read” for scholars and practitioners interested in economic development, cultural production, and access to knowledge.” — Susan K. Sell, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, Director, Institute for Global and International Studies, George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs

“This book represents a critical first step in opening a multi-dimensional policy dialogue in Egypt on a subject of pivotal importance to social and economic development — enhancing access of citizens to information and the fruits of technical progress.” — Frederick M. Abbott, Edward Ball Eminent Scholar, Professor of International Law, Florida State University College of Law

 
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