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The hypocracy of forgetfulness: the contemporary significance of early innovations in intellectual property. / May, Chris.

In: Review of International Political Economy, Vol. 14, No. 1, 01.02.2007, p. 1-25.

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May, Chris. / The hypocracy of forgetfulness: the contemporary significance of early innovations in intellectual property. In: Review of International Political Economy. 2007 ; Vol. 14, No. 1. pp. 1-25.

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