Owning It: A Creative's Guide to Copyright, Contracts and the Law Book Review

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Who says that a practical guide to the law of intellectual property that is both useful and informative needs to be boring to read, let alone browse through? Not Sharon Givoni, who has authored the gorgeous and engaging Owning It: A Creative’s Guide to Copyright, Contracts and the Law. This book is just so damn pretty that I kept looking at the pictures, side bars and interesting anecdotes and forgot that I was meant to be reading this book as a text to review. As Colin Golvan notes in his introduction to the book: ‘The author and the publisher have
gone to great trouble to remove the tome-like appearance that makes the ordinary legal text appear so inaccessible to the general reader.’ (p vii) This is certainly true and the book is liberally illustrated with practical examples of the creative products that are being discussed. The book, and the practical guidance that it contains, addresses the massive growth in interest in handmade and artisan products, noting that this has occurred in the context of the explosion in the potential market for such products on websites such as Etsy. This tension
between a desire to protect the creativity and authenticity that makes the product so desirable and to gain a broad marketplace for the creative products underpins the advice provided by the book.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationAlternative Law Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Copyright
  • Contracts
  • Law


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