Subjectivities Gained … Subjectivities Lost
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This chapter describes the historical emergence of the author and how its conception cuts the world up in ways that ascribe IPR to some but not others. International patent law is being made in the image of US patent law. Moreover, the global influence wielded by today's biotech companies was not acquired overnight. Pre-alphabetic Greece preserved tradition, culture and knowledge orally. The romantic author trope is deeply embedded in Anglo-North American patent law. This reasoning has a long tradition in Western legal reasoning, going back to the Lockean "I-made-it, it's-mine" justification. Early Enlightenment thinking helped provide some philosophical justification for those looking to make the case for authorship rights. Foreign works were treated like a common property resource and exploited accordingly. This also explains New York's eventual eclipsing of Philadelphia and Boston for leading publishing city in the US. The American Copyright League was formed in 1884 to represent such elite US publishing firms as Putnam, Scribner, and Harper.