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Capital, knowledge and ownership : the information society and intellectual property. / May, Christopher.

In: Information, Communication and Society, Vol. 1, No. 3, 1998, p. 246-269.

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May, Christopher. / Capital, knowledge and ownership : the information society and intellectual property. In: Information, Communication and Society. 1998 ; Vol. 1, No. 3. pp. 246-269.

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