Drawing on legal, historical and qualitative research, Corynne McSherry explores the propertization of academic work and shows how that process is shaking the foundations of the university, the professoriate and intellectual property law. The modern university's reason for being is inextricably tied to that of the intellectual property system. The rush of universities and scholars to defend their kwledge as property dangerously undercuts a working covenant that has sustained academic life - and intellectual property law - for a century and a half. As the value structure of the research university is replaced by the inequalities of the free market, academics risk losing a language for talking about kwledge as anything other than property. McSherry has written a book that ought to deeply trouble everyone who cares about the academy.
Corynne McSherry is an attorney at Bingham McCutchen in San Francisco, CA. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of California, San Diego.