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Information Society and its Manifestations: Economy, Politics, Culture

Edited By Borut Rončević and Matevž Tomšić

The book provides a compilation of idiosyncratic manifestations of information society in techno-economic, political and cultural spheres. The contributors focus on the increasing complexity within information societies. To manage this complexity, societies develop constantly evolving context-specific modes of meta-governance. The contributions allow a better understanding of well-known conceptualizations and definitions of information society and related concepts such as post-industrial society, post-modernity, as well as network society, and knowledge society.

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Intellectual Property Rights in the Information Sector: Sociological Perspective (Dolores Modic)

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Dolores ModicFaculty of Information Studies in Novo mesto Ljubljanska cesta 31a, p. p. 603, 8000 Novo mesto, Sloveniadolores.modic@fis.unm.si

Intellectual Property Rights in the Information Sector: Sociological Perspective

Abstract: In this paper, we make a case for adopting a sociological approach to studying intellectual property rights in the information sector. The field has been in the past strongly dominated by researchers of other backgrounds and sociologists have for a long time not offered much to the study of intellectual property rights. We intend to remedy this. We offer insight on how we can utilize the sociological approach, sociological theories and social analysis by first focusing on the post-positivist approach and its utility for the intellectual property studies in the information sector. Secondly, we look into the usefulness of the innovation systems theory, also pointing out the problems one might have when using it. Thirdly, we bring at the forefront the fuzzy-set (fsQCA) as a method of a Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and contemplate on its benefits as well as warn researchers to use it with due diligence. By delving into each of the abovementioned topics, we show what sociology has to offer to studies of intellectual property rights inside the information sector.

Keywords: sociological analysis, sociological theory, intellectual property rights, mixed methods, fuzzy-set

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