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Working KnowledgeEmployee Innovation and the Rise of Corporate Intellectual Property, 1800-1930$
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Catherine L. Fisk

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807833025

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807899069_fisk

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The Corporation's Money Paid for the Painting; Its Artist Colored It; Its President Designed It

The Corporation's Money Paid for the Painting; Its Artist Colored It; Its President Designed It

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Catherine L. Fisk

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807899069_fisk.14

This chapter describes how courts and legislators had to reconsider the relation between the creative employee and the corporate employer as patent and copyright law came to recognize the validity of corporate intellectual property in the twentieth century. In the burgeoning twentieth-century market for intellectual property as consumer goods, firms used the names of individual creators as markers of quality or authenticity to brand their products even as the commercialization of the production of art and books demanded corporate control of intellectual property. As businesses sought intellectual property protection for an increasingly broad and commercialized array of products, particularly in the area of copyright, the legal justifications proffered by their lawyers and accepted by judges for granting copyrights changed from protection of individual artistic expression to protection of corporate investment in producing innovative artifacts of popular culture.

Keywords:   creative employee, corporate employer, copyright law, corporate intellectual property, consumer goods

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