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This introductory chapter offers an analysis of moral justification of the institution and claims of ownership as well as specific property issues that confront indigenous peoples and generally the people one can associate with the developing and less developed worlds. It examines that the concept of internationally contrived dependency has gained renewed application in a contemporary context which has seen the expansion and continuing redefinition of intellectual property rights. Certainly the implementation of an intellectual property regime with a global reach appears designed to realize an asymmetrical relationship between the technologically advanced and the less technologically developed. However, one should note that there exists the claim that reference to developed nations should not necessarily mean a reference to hegemonic states in the spirit of hegemonic stability theory. The chapter presents an overview of how the other chapters of the book are organised.

Keywords: developing world; hegemonic stability theory; indigenous people; intellectual ownership rights; property rights



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