The Oil of the 21st Century - Keep Up Your Rights, Case by Case
Current debates about Intellectual Property are often focused on the level of national law - and the need for its international harmonization - and the sphere of universal rights, like freedom of speech or access to information and medicine. Still, neither the vision of globalized law nor the desire for universal human rights seem to do justice to the facts on the ground, to the specific nature of the contained and often local Intellectual Property conflicts in everyday life. These conflicts are, essentially, cases: not so much applications of universal principles or denials of abstract rights, but rather particular and often unique constellations of power. Strategies for interventions in the field of Intellectual Property may have to acknowledge that they can only operate case by case.