Books for review

Here's the latest batch of books which have been received for review in the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice.  If you believe that you are suitably qualified to review one of these books and would like to do so, please email Sarah Harris by not later than Wednesday 25 July and let her know.

JIPLP reminds prospective reviewers that they will be expected to review the book within a reasonable time. If they are unable to do so, they will be asked to return the book so that it can be sent to someone else to review.

Making Laws for Cyberspace.
Author: Chris Reed
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Oxford, England
"Providing a scholarly analysis of how to govern and make the right kinds of laws for cyberspace, in this work, Professor Reed investigates the vast majority of cyberspace users who wish to act lawfully and asks whether the current state of law in cyberspace makes it possible for them to do so. If not, why not, and what is the cure?"
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Relocating the Law of Geographical Indications
Author: Dev Gangjee
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England
"There is considerable variation in the nature, scope and institutional forms of legal protection for valuable geographical brands such as Champagne, Colombian coffee and Darjeeling tea. While regional products are increasingly important for producers, consumers and policy makers, the international legal regime under the TRIPS Agreement remains unclear. Adopting a historical approach, Dev Gangjee explores the rules regulating these valuable geographical designations within international intellectual property law. He traces the emergence of geographical indications as a distinct category while investigating the key distinguishing feature of the link between regional products and their places of origin. The research addresses long-standing puzzles, such as the multiplicity of regimes operating in this area; the recognition of the link between product and place and its current articulation in the TRIPS definition; the varying scope of protection; and the extent to which geographical indications ought to be treated as a category distinct from trade marks".
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Hollywood’s Copyright Wars
Author: Peter Decherney
Publisher: Columbia, University Press, New York.
"Peter Decherney shows that the history of intellectual property in Hollywood has not always mirrored the evolution of the law. Many landmark decisions have barely changed the industry’s behavior, while some quieter policies have had revolutionary effects. His most remarkable contributions uncover Hollywood’s reliance on self-regulation. Rather than involve congress, judges, or juries in settling copyright disputes, studio heads and filmmakers have often kept such arguments “in house,” turning to talent guilds and other groups for solutions. Whether the issue has been battling piracy in the 1900s, controlling the threat of home video, or managing modern amateur and noncommercial uses of protected content, much of Hollywood’s engagement with the law has occurred offstage, in the larger theater of copyright. Decherney’s unique history recounts these extralegal solutions and their impact on American media and culture".
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Breach of Confidence: social origins and modern developments 
Authors: Megan Richardson, Michael Bryan, Martin Vranken and Katy Barnett
Publisher: Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, England
"The authors show that despite its humble beginnings, stilted development and air of quaintness the doctrine has modern relevance and influence, its sense of ‘trust and confidence’ still resonating with the information society of today. Topical chapters include, ‘Inventing an equitable doctrine’, ‘Privacy and publicity in early Victorian Britain’, ‘Searching for balance in the employment relationship’, as well as many others".
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