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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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Conclusion Attribution, Authenticity, & the Corporate Production of Technology and Culture

Conclusion Attribution, Authenticity, & the Corporate Production of Technology and Culture

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(p.240) Conclusion Attribution, Authenticity, & the Corporate Production of Technology and Culture
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Catherine L. Fisk

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807899069_fisk.15

In conclusion, this book discusses how the growth of corporations and the rapid spread of office and factory work significantly changed the application of legal rules regarding intellectual property ownership. As is always the case with law, the changing applications ultimately changed the rules themselves. As the settings in which ideas were manufactured became more “corporate” and as the claimants to idea ownership increasingly were corporations, what judges thought of idea ownership and how firms managed creative employees changed, too. Judges came to believe that people learned workplace skills in large offices and factories rather than as apprentices in small workshops or as clerks in small offices. At the same time, judges developed a view of contract law generally, and the employment contract specifically, that operated both as a conceptual technology and as a mechanism of social control to enable a shift in idea ownership.

Keywords:   growth of corporations, intellectual property ownership, idea ownership, creative employees, workplace skills

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