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The Luxury Economy and Intellectual PropertyCritical Reflections$
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Haochen Sun, Barton Beebe, and Madhavi Sunder

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199335701

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199335701.001.0001

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The Scholarship of Envy

The Scholarship of Envy

How the Framing of Fashion Leaves a Legal Lacuna

(p.249) 12 The Scholarship of Envy
The Luxury Economy and Intellectual Property

Susan Scafidi

Oxford University Press

This chapter suggests that legal academics who are hostile towards luxury brands and critical of their impact on society and culture are motivated by envy of the creativity of those who produce and consume luxury fashion. It argues that such feelings of resentment, rather than concerns for social justice, are responsible for much of the legal academic critique of intellectual property law and the luxury economy.

Keywords:   luxury brands, luxury goods, envy, resentment, social justice, intellectual property law, luxury economy

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